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:: Saturday 14th May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
End of Season Presentations

FULL back Adam Dart took the two main awards at East Grinstead Town’s presentation evening last night. The 20-year-old fullback won the first team players’ player and the award given by manager Bob Smith. Supporters’ player of the year was another defender, Drew Cooney, and a trophy was presented to top scorer Kris Trevor whose 21 goals failed to prevent Wasps from sliding back into Division Two of the Sussex County League after two seasons in the top flight.

The reserves also lost their place in the Premier Division of the Reserve Section, but manager Phil Major was able to report an enjoyable season for his young side. Players’ player, for the second year running, was goalkeeper Lee Whibley. Managers’ player went to young defender Tom Green. Leading goalscorer Steve Norris also collected an award.

The third team award for players’ player went to Jim Blades and manager Richard Goodwin’s trophy to Seb Mann.

Boss Micky Buckingham chose Andy Goodwin as his under-18s player of the season while the players’ player was Hayden Coomber.

The ladies team, who finished second in the Sussex League, chose Tanya Warner as their player of the season. Manager Jim Muir’s award went to Kim Vince.

The club person of the year went to a player for the first time for nearly 20 years when popular first team defender Grant Hearn took the honour.

Outgoing Chairman Bruce Talbot was presented with an award by chairman elect Richard Tramontin who was pleased to announce that Bruce would be happy to give his total support and take on the role of vice-chairman.

THE biggest pitch renovation project in the history of the club is underway at East Court.

A team from Machines Direct, a Surrey-based firm who have carried out similar work at many top non-league clubs, moved in last week to start work.

The top surface was removed to a depth of around 1.5 inches and the sub-surface broken up and combined with 120 tonnes of top dressing to leave a fine tilth ready for levelling and the application of seed and fertilizer.

The work will take 4-5 days and is due to be completed early next week.

The project is costing the club a five-figure sum but outgoing chairman Bruce Talbot believes it is money well spent.

He said: “We solved the perennial problem of bad drainage of our pitch three years ago. We are now giving as much attention to the surface itself as we did to the drainage then.

“We have also invested in new equipment which will help us irrigate the pitch better than before which is absolutely crucial.

“We are grateful to the assistance of Richard Gooding and his team at Machines Direct. In a few weeks time we should see the fruits of his labour – a pitch the club can be proud of and one our players will enjoy playing on next season.”

The area behind the goal at the pond end has also been renovated to provide a grass training area.

:: Friday 13th May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Major pitch renovation work well on its way

The most extensive pitch renovation project ever undertaken on our East Court pitch besides the previous major drainage work during the summer of 2002 is proceeding extremely well.

The top surface of the pitch was removed yesterday by means of a koro machine and 120 tonnes of top dressing was applied today to be followed by power harrowing.

Richard Gooding and his team at Machines Direct, who are carrying out the extensive project, are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather holds out for the rest of the works to be carried out over the whole of the coming weekend.

Ideal conditions would then be for a good mixture of sun and plenty of rain. It would however be foolish and short-sighted to simple rely on the weather, so the club has invested considerably in new irrigation equipment to ensure the best possible playing surface for next season.

Further regular updates will follow.

:: Saturday 7th May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

IT was a long day for all those involved, but FFD 05 was another resounding success which once again showed how much importance the club places on one of its core aims - to provide football for the community of East Grinstead.

Around 400 youngsters aged from under-7 to under-10 took part and the final match, symbolically refereed by organiser Martin Hill, didn't kick off until 8pm, nearly 11 hours after the first match of the day had got underway.

EGTFC would like to thank all those managers, parents and, of course, the players for making sure the event passed off without too many hitches.

Martin Hill and his hardworking backroom team deserve our thanks as well. Organising and running an event of this sort is a massive undertaking and wouldn't be possible without the many volunteers who did everything from erect the portable goals to cooking literally hundreds of burgers and hot dogs!

Here's to FFD '06 and thanks once again for making this year's event such a success.

:: Thursday 5th May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A minute's silence was respectfully observed at the start of the Wasps Under 8 match last weekend in memory of George Joslin who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago.

George will be sadly missed. His daughter Gillian who is known to many supporters from her following of the First Team is pictured next to her son Paul, who is the furthest player on the right of the photo in Grinstead strip, which grandad George bought for the team at the beginning of this their first season at the club. The amber and black balloon tribute was arranged by Kay Benniman, the Under 8's manager.

The club's sincere condolences go out to George's family.

:: Tuesday 3rd May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Kevin WrightDespite the alternative attraction of tonight's Liverpool v Chelsea Champions League Semi Final, a fair few people came along to East Court for a benefit match for Kevin Wright who broke his leg in February during a match against East Preston.
On behalf of Kevin and all at EGTFC we would like to thank all the Grinstead players who turned out for Kevin as well as the supporters and Kevin's friends and family with special thanks going to Sammy Donnelly, his players and all connected with Three Bridges for having provided the opposition for this benefit match.
Donations were taken at tonight's gate instead of charging an admission fee and these were presented to Kevin by Bobby Smith after the match. The three officials, Richard Daniells, Andrew Presland and Paul Lodge also generously waived their fees.
Kevin is now on the road to recovery from his broken leg despite his housemate Dave Gellatly's attempts at nursing him and we all hope to see Kevin back in a Grinstead shirt again soon.
Bobby Smith said "Kevin was the first player I persuaded to come back to the club after my appointment as manager in 1998. Since then he has given total committment to the cause and we have certainly missed him since his unfortunate injury."
Bobby added "Kevin is one of those players managers dream about. He is always committed, always positive and always supportive of what we are trying to achieve here at East Grinstead Town. Knowing Kevin's family as I do, I was sure that a match such as this should take place because I would like to think the club would look after a player who we proudly call 'one of our own'"
Chairman Bruce Talbot was unable to be at tonight's match as he would have faced a nine hour round trip drive because of work committments. He sent his apologies and best wishes for Kevin through vice-chairman, Richard Tramontin.

:: Monday 2nd May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS have been relegated after just two seasons in the County League's top flight following a dramatic finale to the season on Saturday.

We looked on course to get the win we needed to stay up when we led 2-0 at half-time at already relegated Sidlesham.

But the home side, inspired by a hat-trick from Jimmy Steward, hit back to lead 3-2 and although Simon Tadman got an injury time equaliser for Wasps it wasn't enough. To add to Grinstead agony, Dave Gellatly missed a penalty when the score was 2-2............ [Full Match report]

Snap!Manager Bob Smith said: "The way the game unfolded was almost surreal. We looked comfortable at half-time despite not playing that well but once they scored their first they were a different side and we looked very edgy. We still had enough chances to have won comfortably though."

Southwick's win over Eastbourne Town enabled them to move above Wasps by a single point but Grinstead face second division football again next season along with Pagham and Sidlesham.

Smith added: "I feel sorry for the players and everyone who works so hard behind the scenes to keep the club moving forward that this has happened. I felt all season we would have enough about us to get out of trouble but it wasn't to be.

"We didn't go down because of Saturday. We have thrown away a lot of points this season and we have suffered continually from injury problems and suspensions. That's not an excuse it's a fact as our supporters will recognise.

"We are allowed to feel sorry for ourselves for a couple of days, but then we must start to look towards next season. Shoreham have bounced straight back up after relegation and there's no reason why we can't either."

:: Saturday 30th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Division Two football next season for Wasps.......

Wasps had Division One survival in their hands at half time in their final match of the season against Sidlesham this afternoon, leading 2 - 0 at the break with goals from Kris Trevor and Ben Burns. The grit and determination that the team showed last Tuesday was sadly lacking and the bottom club came back to 2 - 2. Grinstead were awarded a penalty but Dave Gellatly put his spot kick over the bar and shortly afterwards the home team were also awarded a penalty which they converted. Wasps chased the game and substitute Simon Tadman equalised with 4 minutes to go, but it was too little too late............. [Full Match report]
Southwick's unlikely 2-0 win over Eastbourne Town ensured their survival and Grinstead's relegation.

:: Friday 29th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Final day of the season
It couldn't be closer. Tomorrow's County League Division One matches are the final fixtures of the season and the battle is on to avoid the final relegation place. Wasps' fate is in their own hands when they play Sidlesham. A win would secure their position in Division One for next season while any other result would then depend on the outcome of the other two clubs that could end up in the bottom three, Southwick who face Eastbourne Town and Worthing United who meet Eastbourne United Association. We expect a good contingent of travelling supporters from East Grinstead to make the long journey to Sidlesham to cheer Bobby and the lads on. Come on the WASPS!!

:: Tuesday 26th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Adam Dart in First Half Action in front of good sized crowd for Wasps last home match of the seasonWASPS gave themselves every chance of beating the drop after a spirited performance in their last home game tonight lifted them out of the County League relegation zone.

First-half goals from Phil Thompson and Dave Gellatly set up a crucial first win in five and means Grinstead go to Sidlesham on Saturday (3pm) knowing that victory will definitely keep them in the first division.

A draw could also be enough providing Southwick don’t win their final match at home to Eastbourne Town.

Manager Bob Smith said: “If we play like we did on Tuesday at Sidlesham I have every confidence we can get a result. We thoroughly deserved to win and should have scored a few more goals.”............ [Match report]

Final games for the teams in the relegation battle - all matches being played on Saturday 30th April:-
Worthing United - points 41 - potential points 44 - Eastbourne United Association (H)
East Grinstead Town - Points 40 - potential points 43 - Siddlesham (A)
Southwick - points 39 - potential points 42 - Eastbourne Town (H)

GRINSTEAD round off their season next Tuesday (May 3) when they take on Three Bridges in a benefit match for long-serving defender Kevin Wright who broke his leg in two places against East Preston nearly two months ago. Kick off is 7.30pm and the club hope as many supporters as possible turn up to support one of Grinstead’s most popular players.

:: Saturday 23rd April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves fail to secure victory needed to stay in Premier Division
Despite going ahead just before half time from a headed goal from Matt Bradford, Wasps reserves failed to secure the three points that would have seen them swop places with Hailsham Town, conceding two second half goals.
Wasps had several good opportunities which they squandered, none more so than a chance that fell to Matt Bradford who managed to hit the ball over the bar from within the six yard box with the keeper not even trying to block him as it looked like a certain goal. It was truly disappointing to see so many lacklustre displays in what was the final and ultimately most vital match of the season for the team.

Today's Reserve Section Premier Division Results in full
Burgess Hill Town 0-1 Whitehawk, East Grinstead Town 1-2 Hailsham Town, East Preston 2-2 Hassocks, Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Chichester City United, Ringmer 1-2 Arundel

Today's Division One Results in full:
Redhill 0-3 Chichester City Utd, Rye & Iden 1-0 Worthing Utd, Sidley Utd 1-0 Arundel.

Sidley are now safe from the drop. Chichester are also realistically safe because of their goal difference, while Worthing Utd have now fallen into the fight to keep out of the final relegation slot.

Final games for the teams in the relegation battle:-
Chichester City Utd - points 42 - potential points 45 - Three Bridges (H)
Worthing United - points 41 - potential points 44 - Eastbourne United Association (H)
Southwick - points 39 - potential points 42 - Eastbourne Town (H)
East Grinstead Town - Points 37 - potential points 43 - Eastbourne United Association (H), Siddlesham (A)

:: Sunday 17th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WELL, we had one of those 'nothing to play for' ends to last season and it obviously doesn't agree with us.
The fight for first division survival will go to the last game of the season after a third defeat in four games on Saturday left us with it all to do to avoid relegation.
We can save themselves by winning the last two matches. They are against Eastbourne United Association at East Court next Tuesday week (7.30pm) and away to Sidlesham on April 30.
Pagham and Sidlesham are already down and the battle to avoid the third relegation place is effectively between Wasps and Southwick who have one game left at home to Eastbourne Town, also on April 30.
Southwick have a two-point advantage over Grinstead so Wasps need six points from their remaining games to definitely secure their top-flight status. Four or even three points could be enough, providing Southwick lose their last match.
A haul of one point from the last four games doesn't inspire a lot of confidence it has to be said, but Southwick are in freefall themselves with just two points collected from their last seven matches.
Manager Bob Smith had no complaints about Saturday’s result where Kris Trevor’s 20th goal of the season was one of the few highlights. Smith said: “We were beaten by the better side. They had a lot of pace and troubled our defence constantly. We can have no complaints although I thought we were unlucky to go in 1-0 down at half-time because we’d created the better chances up until their first goal.”
Smith is glad of the ten-day break before the Eastbourne United game in which to prepare for one last push.
“One or two of the players are carrying knocks which they can rest and we have started to look a little jaded in the last week or so,” he added. “But we’re still in there fighting and the players believe we can stay up which is the most important thing.”

Yesterday's Reserve Section - Premier Division results
Burgess Hill Town 0-1 Hailsham Town, Horsham YMCA 2 - 1 Oakwood, Ringmer 0 - 5 Three Bridges, Sidley United 1 - 4 Hassocks, Southwick 4 - 2 East Grinstead Town, Whitehawk 1 - 4 Eastbourne Borough

Grinstead's loss to Southwick and Hailsham's away win at Burgess Hill means that Grinstead swop places with Hailsham and now occupy the final relegation place of fourth from bottom. Wasps will now need to win their last match of the campaign against Hailsham next Saturday at East Court (ko 3pm) to have any chance of survival in the Reserve Premier Division. Hailsham are currently two points ahead of Grinstead with a game in hand. Ringmer are already relegated and Whitehawk and Southwick occupy the two places below Grinstead, each with two points less, but Whitehawk have two games in hand.

:: Saturday 16th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps still 3rd from bottom
Grinstead stay rooted in the last relegation spot after losing to Eastbourne Town 3 - 1 this afternoon, with Kris Trevor scoring in the second half for Grinstead............. [Match report]

Pagham are relegated after losing to Eastbourne United Association. Sidlesham who Grinstead meet on the last day of the season were already relegated but they won their second match in a week beating third placed Whitehawk 1 - 0. Today's defeat means that Wasps are still third from bottom on 37 points.
Fellow relegation strugglers and last season's champions Chichester held this season's champions Horsham YMCA to a goalless draw and are now 2 points clear of Grinstead with the same number of matches played. Goal difference moves them above Southwick who have played one more game and lost to Littlehampton 2 - 1 today. Sidley United move up to join Worthing United on 41 points after beating Hailsam away.

Today's Division One Results in full:
Chichester City United 0 -0 Horsham YMCA, East Preston 2 - 3 Rye & Iden United, Eastbourne Town 3 - 1 East Grinstead Town, Eastbourne United Assoc 3 - 0 Pagham, Hailsham Town 0 - 2 Sidley United, Hassocks 1 - 1 Redhill, Littlehampton Town 2 - 1 Southwick, Sidlesham 1 - 0 Whitehawk, Three Bridges 0 - 1 Arundel, Worthing United 1 - 4 Ringmer.

The reserves were up against it after just three minutes at Southwick today when Hayden Coomber was sent off for deliberate handball on the line.
Southwick missed the resultant penalty but raced into a 4-0 lead before Dan Pike and an own goal made the final score 4-2.
Now the reserves have to beat Hailsham at home next Saturday to give themselves a chance of staying out of the bottom four relegation places.

:: Wednesday 13th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A really well taken goal following a great build up coupled with an outstanding goalkeeping performance saw Wasps Under 18s win their last league match of this season's campaign 1 - 0 against Worthing.

:: Tuesday 12th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page


WASPS seem determined to give their supporters and everyone at the club a white-knuckle ride between now and the end of the season. A home defeat tonight meant they slipped back into the County League first division relegation zone. Peter Cooper’s well-taken 23rd-minute strike ensured Hailsham’s excellent run continued and left boss Bob Smith reflecting on a succession of wasted opportunities – and, just as worryingly, a return of one point from the last nine............. [Match report]
Sidley’s 2-0 win over Ringmer lifted them above Wasps by a point and they also have a game in hand. Pagham are three points behind in next-to-bottom place after a 1-1 draw against Arundel.


The run-in for the relegation candidates is:
Grinstead: Eastbourne Town (a), Eastbourne Utd Assn (h), Sidlesham (a)
Southwick: Littlehampton (a), Eastbourne Town (h)
Chichester: Horsham YMCA (h), Three Bridges (h), Redhill (a)
Sidley: Hailsham (a), Whitehawk (h), Arundel (h), Whitehawk (a)
Pagham: Eastbourne Utd Assn (a), Ringmer (a)
Pagham will be relegated if they lose at Eastbourne Utd Assn on Saturday.


The only scenario which would GUARANTEE our survival would be three wins from the last three games. A tall order, but certainly not impossible. Matt Bradford and Peter Benton are unavailable for Saturday’s trip to the Saffrons. Matt Thorpe and James Ricketts can expect recalls.

East Grinstead Town are holding their popular annual Footie Fun Day Tournament on Saturday 7 May 2005 at the Football Club - East Court. The day is open for teams in the under 7, 8, 9 and 10 age brackets and entries are invited from established and non-established teams from the locality. The organisers promise plenty of football for the youngsters who'll each go home with a medal commemorating their participation. To enter a team please contact the Football Fun Day Organiser Martin Hill at martin.hill@egtfc.co.uk or by calling 07813-136175 or 01342-302161 now.

:: Sunday 10th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS inched closer to County League safety after coming from behind to collect a precious point against high-flying Whitehawk at East Court on Saturday............. [Match report]
The battling spirit which has been in abundance during a run of one defeat in their last six games was again evident as Bob Smith’s men fought bravely to restrict the visitors, who are favourites to finish runners-up to new champions Horsham YMCA, to the odd opportunity.


Wasps are two points ahead of Sidley, who fill the last relegation spot, going into Tuesday night’s home match against Hailsham. But we are only three points behind Southwick and have two games in hand while Chichester, who are just a point better off, have played one more match than Grinstead.
Bob Smith said: “Our good form in the last three weeks has dragged Southwick and Chichester into it. We would have liked to have won on Saturday, but I would have taken a point before kick-off.”


Bob Smith should have a few more selection options for our remaining four games. Matt Thorpe is close to a return after ankle trouble and may be on the bench on Tuesday, James Ricketts and Zimmatore are due back for the Hailsham game and Simon Tadman, who missed Saturday’s match through injury, is hoping to be fit next Saturday when Wasps visit Eastbourne Town.


Despite police having apprehended a teenager at the scene when a bunch of youths took great delight in vandalising the football club premises a week ago, it looks as if the club will again have to fund the repair bills itself which will run to some £800. Isn't it just indicative of today's society that the mindless acts of unruly youngsters intent on causing wilful damage hits an organisation run by volunteers who aim to provide football in the community to youngsters of all ages. The cry has gone out to at least name and shame perpetrators.


Meanwhile, the football club is proud to host an "Unfair Football Match" between an East Grinstead Town Under 14 side and East Grinstead Minnows, a scratch team of 11 to 13 year olds from the youth club of Our Lady & St Peter's Catholic Church.
The event is being organised by the East Grinstead Justice and Peace Group, an inter-church community group which campaigns on social issues, and who are keen to raise awareness of fair trade. The match will take place at our East Court ground on Saturday April 16th (ko 3.30pm) and coincides with the Global Week of Action on fair trade, when millions of people around the world will be joining together to protest about how unfair trade is on the world's poor. Many people in developing countries cannot make a living selling goods they grow or produce themselves due to unfair competition from subsidised western producers.
The idea behind an "Unfair Football Match" where the odds are stacked vastly in favour of one side leaving the other side struggling, is to highlight these issues in a meaningful but fun way. All are invited to come along and give their support.

:: Saturday 9th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Whitehawk 1
Wasps went behind after five minutes when an attempted clearance from a corner hit Whitehawk's Andy Beech and the ball ended up in the back of the net. A sweetly struck left foot shot from Adam Dart from a well worked free kick on sixteen minutes put Grinstead level............. [Match report]

Today's Division One results in full:
Arundel 0 - 1 Horsham YMCA, East Grinstead Town 1 - 1 Whitehawk, East Preston 2 - 0 Ringmer, Eastbourne Town 1 - 1 Worthing United, Eastbourne United Assoc 2 - 0 Hassocks, Hailsham Town 2 - 1 Chichester City United, Littlehampton Town 1 - 3 Redhill, Rye & Iden United 4 - 0 Sidlesham, Sidley United 4 - 0 Pagham, Southwick 0 - 2 Three Bridges.
Grinstead Reserves lost to Chichester City United 2 - 1

Belated congratulations to Dave Tidy and Lee Whibley on the birth of their baby boys last Wednesday. Quite a coincidence that our two goalkeepers both became fathers for the first time on the same day. Mothers and babies are all doing well.

:: Wednesday 6th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 1 Burgess Hill Town Reserves 2
On paper it looked a difficult match for Wasps, facing a Ryman League reserve team flying high in second place in the table. Wasps trailed 1-0 at half time but had two good appeals for penalties turned down. The second half saw Andy Goodwin equalise before the visitors regained the lead with ten minutes to go. Wasps piled on the pressure and with the final kick of the game nearly equalised.

Police apprehend teenage vandal
Police were alerted to a gang of youths causing malicious and mindless damage at our East Court ground last Friday night. One youth was apprehended but too late to prevent the young teenagers from smashing two clubhouse windows, two wooden gates and goal net supports. Damage will run into several hundreds of pounds, with the glass repair alone having already cost £280.

:: Tuesday 5th April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS missed the chance to climb further away from the relegation zone on a bad night at the Beacon on Tuesday where our discipline deserted us, we finished with nine men and were beaten by an 88th-minute winner............. [Match report]
To complete a miserable night, Hailsham pulled further away from trouble with a 3-1 home victory over Three Bridges.
Wasps are three points above the relegation zone, but Sidley, second bottom and four points behind us, now have a game in hand.
On Saturday while Wasps entertain Whitehawk, Sidley are at home to Pagham and Hailsham entertain Chichester.

Tonight's Division One results in full:
Arundel 7 - 1 Southwick, Hailsham Town 3 - 1 Three Bridges, Hassocks 2 - 1 East Grinstead Town

:: Sunday 3rd April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS climbed further away from the County League relegation zone after a third successive win over fellow strugglers Pagham on Saturday.
It looked like being a comfortable afternoon when we led 2-0 after 11 minutes, but Bob Smith’s men gifted the visitors two goals either side of half-time before Peter Benton emerged as an unlikely match-winner when he finished off a flowing move to score his first senior goal for the club.
Of the eight teams battling to avoid the drop from Division One with already relegated Sidlesham, only Grinstead and Hailsham won. Bob said: “We didn’t play particularly well but it makes a nice change to have three points at the end of it rather than a defeat or draw.
“We lost our way when they got a goal back in the first half and became a bit nervous. But I thought our second-half performance was a lot better. There were a few scares, but there were always going to be because Pagham needed the points as much as we did. In the end I felt we deserved the victory.
“I was really pleased for Peter Benton when he scored. Peter and Adam Dart were our best players although the work-rate from the whole side was excellent.”
............ [Match report]

Wasps are three points clear of the bottom three going into Tuesday night’s game against Hassocks (ko 7.45pm). They face another tough fixture against high-flying Whitehawk at East Court on Saturday (3pm) before Hailsham, one place and two points better off than Grinstead, are the visitors Tuesday week (12/4 ko 7.30pm).
Manager Bob Smith said:“We’ve had a great run and another couple of results would bring sides like Southwick, Chichester and Worthing United into the relegation battle. Those are the sides we will be trying to overhaul, rather than looking at the teams below us. “We are not out of trouble by any means, but we have given ourselves a chance now.”
Selection for the Hassocks game will be delayed. One or two players have knocks, although nothing serious, while Dave Tidy’s wife is due to give birth any day now so he might have to drop out.
Bob has re-signed last season’s top scorer Steve Banks. Banks has been persuaded to come out of retirement to give Smith another option up front in the remaining three weeks of the season although he will need to get his fitness back first and is expected to play for the reserves against Burgess Hill at East Court on Wednesday kick off 7.30pm.

:: Saturday 2nd April 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Another vital three points for Wasps.....

Kris Trevor in action today against PaghamGrinstead looked to be cruising to victory against fellow relegation strugglers Pagham with two goals within the first ten minutes from Matt Bradford and Kris Trevor. But then an own goal from Matt Bradford as he miskicked a clearance following a free kick in the fifteenth minute gave the visitors a boost in confidence and Wasps faltered. This was followed by a Pagham equaliser early in the second half. Good build up play by Wasps in the latter stages of the match ended with Peter Benton scoring his first 1st team goal and clinched a 3 - 2 victory for Grinstead, despite a few more scares. Man of the match - Adam Dart. Match report to follow......

Elsewhere, Hailsham beat Worthing United 3 - 2, Sidley lost 3 - 2 at home to East Preston and last season's champions, Chichester, have been drawn into the relegation fight after losing at home to Hassocks 2 - 1. Grinstead remain fourth from bottom, but are now three points above Pagham and 4 points above Sidley and are just two points behind both Chichester and Hailsham. Both Chichester and Pagham have played two more games than the others. Sidlesham beat Eastbourne Town away by 1 - 0 but are already relegated.

Today's complete Division One scores:-
Arundel 0-5 Eastbourne United, Chichester 1-2 Hassocks, East Grinstead Town 3-2 Pagham, Eastbourne Town 0-1 Sidlesham, Hailsham Town 3-2 Worthing United, Horsham YMCA 4-2 Littlehampton, Redhill 0-1 Whitehawk, Rye & Iden United 2-0 Three Bridges, Sidley United 2-3 East Preston, Southwick 1-2 Ringmer

Grinstead's next match is away to Hassocks on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm)

Grinstead's other senior sides both lost today, the reserves going down 2 - 0 away to Hassocks and a young Third Team losing 5 - 0 to Burgess Hill Albion.

:: Monday 28th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Kris Trevor lines up to shoot and scores WASPS have turned around their County League season in the space of six days after a haul of seven points from three Easter fixtures lifted them out of the first division relegation zone for the first time since December.
We followed up last Tuesday’s creditable goalless draw against Ringmer by beating Sidley United 2-0 on Saturday.
But Bob Smith’s men saved the best until today when a 49th-minute goal from top scorer Kris Trevor was enough to seal a 1-0 win over second-placed Rye............. [Match report]

Oh that winning feeling - Grant Hearn That win moved us up to 17th place after fellow strugglers Sidley, Hailsham and Pagham were all held to draws. It could have been worse for Sidley who only equalised at home to Redhill in injury time.
Bob believes Monday’s win as his side’s best since we returned to the top flight two years ago, bearing in mind the status of the opposition.
But he warned that there was still a lot of hard work ahead before we could consider themselves safe.
Five of our seven remaining games are at East Court and we cannot afford any slip-ups when Pagham are the visitors on Saturday (3pm). Smith said: “We’ve had a great week and Monday’s result was outstanding. The confidence has returned to the side and we really feel we can carry on our good run until the end of the season.
“But it is still very tight at the bottom and there is a lot of hard work ahead of us. But if we show the same qualities we’ve had in the last three games then I think we can carry on climbing the table.
“Everyone is entitled to enjoy that win, but it’s back to work on Saturday.”


CENTRAL defender Matt Bradford, who has been superb in his three appearances since joining Grinstead, returns to the squad for Saturday’s crucial match against Pagham (3pm) after missing Monday’s win over Rye because of work commitments. Drew Cooney should be fit after struggling with a hamstring injury in both Easter weekend games, but Wasps’ boss Bob Smith is unlikely to make many changes to the line-up. There could be another new face before the deadline for signing players on Thursday. Watch this space…

:: Saturday March 26th 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page


WASPS gave themselves a lifeline in the battle to avoid the drop from Division One with a thoroughly deserved win over relegation rivals Sidley at East Court this afternoon. Only our second league victory in 14 league games was secured thanks to first half goals from Drew Cooney and Aaron Zimmatore, his first for the club.

Manager Bob Smith said: “At times it wasn’t pretty but the three points are all what matter and I felt we fully deserved them. “Defensively we were solid again and we could easily have finished up with four or five goals.”

With Jordan Leatherdale unavailable, Zimmatore partnered Kris Trevor up front in the only change to the team which drew 0-0 with Ringmer in midweek. ............ [More]

Drew Cooney scores opening goal
Drew Cooney, scorer of our first goal against Sidley this afternoon, limped off after an hour after tweaking his hamstring, but he hopes to be fit for Easter Monday’s home game against second-placed Rye & Iden United (ko 11am).

If Drew makes it, the team is likely to be unchanged although Jordan Leatherdale is available and returns to the squad.

Elsewhere, Hailsham made it two wins in four days after a 3-0 success at Sidlesham who will be relegated if they lose at East Preston on Monday. But Pagham were walloped 5-0 for the second successive game, this time by Hassocks.

Our win makes sure we stay in touch with the teams above us. Elsewhere on Monday, Pagham are at home to Chichester, Hailsham entertain Ringmer and Sidley face Redhill.

:: Wednesday 23rd March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves do double over Ringmer...

Wasps hit the woodwork in the first half, but had to wait until half way through the second half before Simon Tadman opened the scoring with a header following a free kick. Gary Wright opened his tally for Grinstead with another headed goal shortly afterwards, but then Ringmer came back with a goal which lifted the home side. Substitute Marc Tramontin had his shot saved by the keeper and from the resultant corner, Simon Tadman netted his second of the match and put the match safe. Three vital points that keeps Grinstead two places above the relegation zone.

:: Tuesday 22nd March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Matt Thorpe on ballA FIRST clean sheet for over four months was one of the many positives for Town boss Bob Smith at East Court tonight............. [More]
Smith said: “I thought both sides went all out to win what was an entertaining game. Defensively I was delighted with our performance and with a bit of luck in front of goal we could have won the match. “Ringmer will definitely finish in the top six and they are a quality side but I thought we matched them. The performance has got to give us a lot of encouragement for the games ahead.”
The first of those is on Saturday when Sidley visit East Court for what is a must-win fixture really. Kick off is 12noon.
Hailsham’s 2-1 win over Southwick means the gap between next-to-bottom Wasps and Hailsham and Sidley has increased to four points, but the battle for survival in County League division one is far from over, especially with home games against those two and fellow strugglers Pagham, who lost 5-0 at Horsham YMCA tonight, to come.

:: Sunday 20th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS face a crucial Easter programme which could go a long way towards determining whether we can avoid relegation in the Sussex County League. Wasps are five points adrift of safety going into Tuesday night's home match against Ringmer (ko 7.30pm) after losing 2-1 at Littlehampton on Saturday, our ninth defeat in the last 12 Division One games. But boss Bob Smith was pleased with a lot of aspects of Wasps’ performance against a Littlehampton team chasing runners-up spot and whose last home defeat in the league was back in October.
James RickettsSmith gave starts to three new faces – defenders James Ricketts and Matt Bradford and midfielder John Penelver – while another newcomer, striker Jordan Leatherdale, came on as a second-half substitute. All four made a favourable impression at the Sportsfield on Saturday and Smith believes, with seven of their remaining nine games at East Court, that the side are still capable of climbing up the table.

After Ringmer, we face two crucial home games over Easter. On Saturday, Sidley United - who are five points and two places better off than Wasps – are the visitors. Please note that kick off is 12noon to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup qualifier. That really is a must-win game while Easter Monday’s encounter with second-placed Rye (ko 11am) is shaping up to be a much tougher proposition. But Grinstead go into the trio of home games in a much more positive mood than they were a week ago after the shattering defeat to fellow strugglers Pagham, and Smith puts that down to the impact of the new faces. “I thought all four lads made a big difference on Saturday,” he said. “We controlled long spells of the game and if we’d shown a bit more sharpness in front of goal we would have won. All round we looked much better.”

James RickettsSmith gave starts to three new faces – defenders James Ricketts and Matt Bradford and midfielder John Penelver – while another newcomer, striker Jordan Leatherdale, came on as a second-half substitute. All four made a favourable impression at the Sportsfield on Saturday and Smith believes, with seven of their remaining nine games at East Court, that the side are still capable of climbing up the table.

After Ringmer, we face two crucial home games over Easter. On Saturday, Sidley United - who are five points and two places better off than Wasps – are the visitors. Please note that kick off is 12noon to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup qualifier. That really is a must-win game while Easter Monday’s encounter with second-placed Rye (ko 11am) is shaping up to be a much tougher proposition. But Grinstead go into the trio of home games in a much more positive mood than they were a week ago after the shattering defeat to fellow strugglers Pagham, and Smith puts that down to the impact of the new faces. “I thought all four lads made a big difference on Saturday,” he said. “We controlled long spells of the game and if we’d shown a bit more sharpness in front of goal we would have won. All round we looked much better.”


Injuries continue to plague the squad. Kevin Wright, James Horner and Lee Hanson are all out for the rest of the season. Lee sees a specialist about his knee problem on April 1. Mark Hillen (thigh) and Michael Turville (groin) were absent from the squad on Saturday as a result of knocks they picked up against Pagham eight days ago. Hillen and Turville could figure for the reserves, who visit Ringmer on Wednesday night, along with Ben Brockbank who is available again after suspension, and Aaron Zimmatore. Dave Gellatly is banned until April 24, which means he will only be available for the last two games of the season.

:: Saturday 19th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Littlehampton Town 2, East Grinstead Town 1

So close again.... AS seems to be the case with struggling sides, Grinstead were punished for their defensive lapses despite dominating long spells of Saturday's game at the Sportsfield. Wasps created some decent opportunities in either half, but Ben Burns, Kris Trevor, Matt Thorpe and Simon Tadman were all guilty of hurried finishing when they had good opportunities inside the penalty area. Wasps got something for their efforts in injury time when Adam Dart, back in the side after a month out with a toe injury, exchanged passes with Burns down the left and Burns’ cross was turned in by substitute Andy Goodwin, the 18-year-old’s first senior goal.

Manager Bob Smith said: “If there was one criticism I would have it was that we weren’t sharp enough around the box. But we created chances, which was the good thing, and in midfield and at the back we looked very solid."

“Despite the defeat, the boys were very positive afterwards,” added Smith. “They feel we can get out of trouble now we have strengthened the side. The Easter games are crucial, but if we get a couple of good results we will have a platform for the last month of the season.”............ [More]

:: Friday 18th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

BOB Smith has improved the squad today with four new signings as we face the important run-in until the end of the season. The quartet are all added to the squad for tomorrow¹s trip to Littlehampton where a win would lift Wasps out of the relegation zone were Hailsham to lose away to champions-elect Horsham YMCA.

As revealed on the website earlier in the week, two of the new faces are defender Matt Bradford and striker Jordan Leatherdale. The other newcomers are John Penelver, a goalscoring left-sided midfielder signed from Combined Counties League side Monotype, and James Ricketts who is a highly-rated rightback. James played in a pre-season friendly and Bob wanted to sign him at the start of the season. Now he has got his man. His previous senior club was Felixstowe Town in the Eastern Counties League.

Adam Dart is back in the squad after a month out with a toe injury, but Paul Davies and Ben Brockbank are unavailable while Mark Hillen and Luke Dunstan have injuries. James Horner is out for the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments at Pagham last week. Dave Gellatly¹s suspension for his red card at Hailsham in January means he will now be banned until April 24. Dave will only be available for the last two matches of the season.

Rob Anderson, James Holland and Peter Benton all play for the reserves as they seek to end a six-match losing sequence at home to Chichester. Striker Gary Wright, who has scored 70 Mid Sussex League goals for Copthorne this season, makes his debut.

:: Saturday 12th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

BOB Smith could have three new faces available next weekend as he tries to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad. The most interesting of the arrivals is 18-year-old striker Gary Wright, who played youth team football for Wasps last season in midfield. He joined Copthorne Rovers this season, switched to a forward role and has scored 66 goals in 20 games in the Mid Sussex League. It’s obviously a big step up to the County League first division, but Smith believes he can bridge the gap. He said: “A couple of people who are good judges have seen Gary and tell me he is first team material. It’s a huge step up, but I’m a great believer that good goalscorers can do it at whatever level and Gary’s record suggests he is a natural in front of goal. I can see him playing a role in the team before the end of the season.”
Wasps have also made seven-day approaches to Conference South club Lewes for Jordan Leatherdale, who joined the Rooks last season after playing in Wasps’ under-18 team, and midfielder Mark Bradfield. Leatherdale has had to be content with reserve team football at the Dripping Pan after recovering from a broken ankle while Bradfield, who played in the same youth team as Grinstead’s Drew Cooney and Adam Dart, has first team experience with Carshalton, Molesey and most recently Kingstonian. He signed for Three Bridges last month, but Wasps are confident of bringing him back to his home town club. Smith said: “I think all three lads could improve what we have and they will definitely give us competition for places.”
Horner in action at PaghamThe squad certainly needs strengthening as a crippling injury list seems to get worse rather than better. Kevin Wright (broken leg) and Lee Hanson (ankle) were joined on the long-term casualty list by James Horner after he damaged ankle ligaments at Pagham today. Michael Turville, Mark Hillen and Kris Trevor are all suffering from sore groins and Smith may rest top scorer Trevor for next Saturday’s trip to Littlehampton (3pm) in order to get him fit for the three home games over Easter, the first of which is against Eastbourne United Association on Tuesday 22nd March (7.30pm). Adam Dart, out for a month with a toe injury, and Paul Davies (knee) could be available for the trip to Littlehampton and Ben Brockbank is back after a two-match suspension, but Dave Gellatly remains banned until April 3 which means he misses a further five games.
Smith added: “I don’t think any side could cope with the injuries we’ve had, it just seems to be one thing after another. It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact but hopefully the new lads will give everyone at the club a lift.” With the four sides near the bottom separated by just five points there is still plenty of time for Wasps to climb away from trouble, especially as seven of their last ten games are at East Court where their form this season has been okay. Smith added: “Littlehampton away on Saturday would have been tough even with a full-strength side, but they do like to play good football and that will suit us I think. “I still have every faith in the players that we can climb away from trouble. There is more than a quarter of a season to go which is a lot of points to play for.”


Pagham 1, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS are back in the bottom two after suffering a damaging County League defeat to fellow division one strugglers Pagham at Nyetimber Lane........... [More]
Reserves lose by same scoreline away to Arundel.[More]

:: Wednesday 9th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Football Club has been successful with its application to the Inland Revenue and is now officially registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club

:: Tuesday 8th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Redhill 2, East Grinstead Town 2
WASPS picked up a useful point in their battle against the drop, but they left Kilnbrow tonight feeling they should have had all three. Twice in front through first-half goals from Kris Trevor and Ben Burns, Grinstead had to play the last 30 minutes with ten men after Mark Hillen was sent off for violent conduct. But they still created the better chances and after Trevor had squandered a one-on-one midfielder Matt Thorpe was dragged to the ground by a Redhill defender with seven minutes left, but referee Neal Saxton, who was ideally placed less than ten yards away from the incident, kept his hands by his side. It looked a blatant penalty and boss Bob Smith’s frustration wasn’t helped by the refusal of the official to explain his decision at the end of the match. Grinstead also had two goals disallowed. .......... [More]
Elsewhere, Sidley lost 2-1 at Rye and Hailsham drew 0-0 with Eastbourne United Assn. Tonight’s point lifts Grinstead above Pagham into 18th place. On Saturday we visit Nyetimber Lane for a crucial match.


Due to a re-organisation of the club's management structure, we are looking for a Club Secretary to start work in time for the 2005-06 season. Some experience of football club administration would be useful, but above all the successful applicant will be enthusiastic, organised and motivated. Although this is a voluntary position, normal out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. We are a progressive football club with exciting plans for future development. If you could spare a few hours a week to help the club go forward by filling this important role please contact chairman Bruce Talbot at bruce.talbot@egtfc.co.uk

The three lucky winners of the February 200 Club draw were: 1st prize of £100 Celia Huggett, 2nd prize of £40 Tony Brockbank and 3rd prize of £10 Stephanie White
January's winners were: 1st prize of £100 John Fisher, 2nd prize of £40 Sheila Noakes and 3rd prize of £10 Bruce Talbot
December's winners were:1st prize of £100 Guy Gentry, 2nd prize of £40 Viv Gibson and 3rd prize of £10 Tammy Fisher

:: Saturday 5th March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

MANAGER Bob Smith is still adamant Wasps can drag themselves away from relegation trouble. But after a seventh County League Division One defeat in the last nine games – 2-1 against East Preston today - the boss acknowledged the importance of the next two games – Tuesday’s trip to Redhill and the visit to Pagham next Saturday. It looks like any two from four to be for the drop with rock-bottom Sidlesham and Grinstead’s current form is an obvious cause for alarm, although defeats for Pagham (0-3 at Eastbourne Town) and Sidlesham (1-2 against Southwick) helped soften the blow. Bob remains as positive as ever and is convinced Grinstead are good enough to preserve their hard-earned top flight status. He saw some encouraging signs at East Preston on Saturday where a freak 79th-minute goal by Dave Walker gave the hosts revenge for the 2-1 defeat they had suffered at East Court a fortnight earlier. Second half cornerHe said: “The pluses were that we looked solid defensively against a good side and if we can maintain that It will give us an attacking platform against the teams around us who we have to beat, Pagham on Saturday included.“At 1-1 we had the two best chances and to lose to a fluke goal like that was a real kick in the teeth. The players worked their socks off again and the spirit in the camp is still good. We can still get out of this, but everyone is aware of the importance of the next two fixtures.” .......... [More]
Grinstead have been battling against a crippling injury list pretty much from the first kick of the season, but there is slightly better news on that front this week. Three weeks after suffering a toe injury against EP, Adam Dart could return on Saturday and midfielder Matt Thorpe is back in training after six months out with the recurrence of a long-standing ankle problem. Thorpe will need at least 90 minutes of reserve team football under his belt first and was hoping to get that today but the game at Arundel was postponed. However, Bob is contemplating taking him along as substitute when Wasps make the short trip to Redhill on Tuesday (ko 8.00pm) Kris Trevor’s groin problem continues to trouble him and he missed today’s game with a view to returning at Redhill. Paul Davies returned at EP after two games out but he suffered a reaction to his knee problem and had to be substituted in the second half. Lee Hanson (knee) and Kevin Wright (broken leg) remain long-term absentees. Dave Gellatly starts a three-week suspension Monday week which makes Thorpe’s imminent return to the side’s engine room a bonus for his manager. “We all know what an influence a fully fit Matt Thorpe can have and I’m delighted he’s on his way back. He could be a big player for us in the important last few weeks of the season.”

:: Tuesday 1st March 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wednesday night's Southern Youth League match against Worthing has been postponed because the East Court pitch is waterlogged. A new date for the fixture has yet to be advised.

:: Sunday 27th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS remain in County League relegation trouble after a nightmare four minute spell early in the second half condemned them to defeat against Arundel at East Court on Saturday. The visitors scored all their goals in that period as the defensive discipline which had characterised our performance until then disappeared. Injury-hit Grinstead, who were without five first team regulars, had been the better side up until the 48th minute and should have gone in front by half-time............ [More]

We slipped back into the bottom two after Saturday’s home defeat but at least other results went our way with Sidley and Sidlesham both losing and Hailsham and Pagham sharing eight goals. Those home meetings with Sidley, Hailsham and Pagham later in the season are shaping up to be pivotal to our hopes to avoiding the drop. First we embark on a run of four successive away fixtures. On Saturday we visit an East Preston side we defeated 2-1 only a week ago (3pm) and Tuesday week go to Redhill (8 March ko 8pm) looking to avenge last month’s 2-1 home defeat. Lee Hanson, Paul Davies and Kevin Wright remain long-term injury victims but Bob Smith will have Adam Dart available after suspension, providing he has recovered from the toe injury he suffered against East Preston eight days ago. Ben Brockbank starts a seven-day ban on March 7 and Dave Gellatly will be suspended for three weeks from March 14.

:: Saturday 26th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Muddy conditionsWasps drop to second from bottom

Having come closest to scoring in the first half this afternoon with Kris Trevor's strike hitting the upright and rolling along the line, a crazy four minute spell early in the second half saw Arundel score three times, one from the penalty spot. Wasps never recovered from the shock. Final score: East Grinstead Town 0, Arundel 3.

Reserves were unlucky not to get something out of their match at Eastbourne Borough, going down 1 - 0.

Third XI complete a miserable day for Wasps losing 3 - 2 to East Grinstead United II.

:: Wednesday 23rd February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The County League have postponed the Reserves home fixture against Burgess Hill Town which was scheduled to be played next Tuesday 1st March at East Court. A new date has not yet been set.

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Tonight’s league match at the Beacon against Hassocks is off because of a frozen pitch. No date for the re-arranged fixture has been confirmed by the County League. Manager Bob Smith loves his football, but he wasn’t too disappointed when he heard the news. Several players are still struggling with injuries and would have missed the game, including Lee Hanson, Paul Davies, Kris Trevor and, of course, Kevin Wright who is still in hospital after breaking his leg against East Preston on Saturday. In addition, Adam Dart is suspended until next Monday and Michael Turville would have been unavailable tonight as he is celebrating his 18th birthday. Bob hopes Kris Trevor and Steve Moore should return to the squad for Saturday’s home game against Arundel, but with heavy snow forecast for later in the week there is every chance that this game could also fall victim to the big freeze. There was snow on the East Court pitch today. We’ll keep you posted.

Bob Smith visited Kevin in hospital in Haywards Heath on Monday and reports that he is feeling a lot better. Bob said: “Kevin still hasn’t had his operation but that will happen in the next day or two and he should be back at home by the end of the week. “He has broken his tibula and fibula, but fortunately they are clean breaks and not compound fractures. “I cancelled training tonight (Tuesday) and I’m sure quite a few of the boys will be visiting Kevin in hospital.”

Skipper Dave Gellatly will serve a three-week ban for his two yellow cards in the game at Hailsham last month. The suspension starts on March 14 and means he misses four games, including the home fixtures against Sidley, Pagham and Rye. Dave is still waiting to hear about his suspension for the red card he received at Southwick in November which he failed to over-turn at an appeal earlier this month.

:: Sunday 20th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Kevin WrightEast Grinstead Town 2, East Preston 1........... [More]
WASPS secured a vital victory in their battle against the drop on Saturday, but a first County League win since December 11 was completely overshadowed after long-serving defender Kevin Wright broke his leg. Wright, who was making his 234th first-team appearance, fractured both the tibia and fibia in his left leg as he challenged for a loose ball with East Preston’s Josh Biggs 17 minutes into the second half. It took 85 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and paramedics to treat the stricken player on the East Court pitch before he was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath for surgery. The game finally finished at 6.15pm but three precious points offered little solace to boss Bob Smith and his players.
Smith said: “I just wish we could have turned the clock back and Kevin to be okay, whether we won the match or not. “Typical of Kevin, as he was being stretchered off he told me and the other players that they had to make sure they won the game. He was one of the first players I signed when I became manager in 1998 and he is a real club man. “Everyone at the club is very upset by what has happened and as a club we will do all we can to help him. “My main hope is that Kevin makes a full recovery and is able to play again. He loves his football and he loves the club and it would be a big shame if we didn’t see him in a Grinstead shirt again.”
Wright’s misfortune wasn’t Grinstead’s only injury problem. Already without Paul Davies, Lee Hanson, Steve Moore and Ben Brockbank, they lost midfielder Adam Dart with a suspected broken toe midway through the first half and top scorer Kris Trevor, who played despite not having fully recovered from a bout of flu but then limped off with a groin strain when the match finally resumed. Dart was already due to serve a seven-day suspension this week so Smith is hoping defender Davies will be fit to return for Tuesday night's trip to Hassocks (ko 7.45pm). But Smith will need to check his walking wounded before naming his squad for the Hassocks game and this Saturday’s home match against Arundel (3pm). Suspensions to Dave Gellatly and Brockbank are also looming to stretch his squad even further. Striker Chris Arrow, frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities, has left East Court and signed for second division promotion chasers Shoreham.

Saturday’s victory lifted us above Pagham into 18th place in the first division table and the misfortune suffered by Kevin Wright will surely provide incentive enough for the squad to retain their place in the first division. Manager Bob Smith said: “It was a great three points and when Kevin heard that we’d won I’m sure he would have been delighted. We owe it to him if nothing else to make sure we stay in this league. “But they were earned at a considerable cost. Hopefully we can get one or two players back and I will be redoubling my efforts to add to the squad before the transfer deadline at the end of March.” Pagham had two players sent off as they crashed 6-0 at home to Worthing United while Sidley scored three goals in the last ten minutes to seal a 5-0 home win over seemingly doomed Sidlesham. Our home games against Pagham, Sidley and the other strugglers Hailsham look like being crucial in our battle to stay in the first division.

East Grinstead Town Ladies will have to settle for runners-up spot in the Sussex League second division after defeat in their final league game of the season this afternoon. A win over a Bognor team who started the day in second place would have clinched the title and things looked good for Grinstead when Natalie Burke followed up to score after a shot from Tanya Warner had been blocked by the Bognor defence. Wasps deserved their 1-0 half-time lead, but Bognor came out with all guns blazing and within 15 minutes of the re-start they scored twice. After that we rarely looked like pegging back our 2-1 deficit. Manager Jim Muir used all three subs, but to no avail. The three girls who came on only arrived at Nyewood Lane at half-time after driving to Hastings (yes, Hastings) instead of Bognor! Jim’s words when he heard this news are best not repeated. Despite today’s setback the girls have had a tremendous league season. They are now waiting to see if two teams go up or if league re-organisation means they will start next season in Division One anyway. Watch this space.…and let’s hope some of the team members have sharpened up on their map-reading skills by then!

:: Saturday 19th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps win soured by Kevin Wright's broken leg

This afternoon's match was held up for around 85 minutes while Kevin Wright lay stricken on the ground after suffering a broken leg. Kevin was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and everyone at the club and from East Preston wish him well and a speedy recovery.
The match started badly for Grinstead with Matt Axell scoring for East Preston after three minutes. Just three minutes later, James Horner then scored his second in two matches and brought Wasps level. Ben Burns netted what proved to be Grinstead's winner in the 18th minute. Final score: East Grinstead Town 2, East Preston 1........... [More]

A very young Wasps reserve side put on a good display but were unlucky to go down 1 - 0 against East Preston.

:: Tuesday 15th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town 1, Redhill 2

WASPS missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone after an 83rd minute goal condemned them to a narrow defeat in Tuesday’s derby at East Court. Bob Smith had to do without four first-team regulars. Top scorer Kris Trevor was ill, Lee Hanson and Paul Davies were both suffering from knee injuries and Kevin Wright pulled out in the pre-match warm-up with a tight hamstring. James Horner came in for his debut on the right-hand side of midfield and there were recalls for Peter Benton, Mark Hillen and Simon Tadman, who partnered Ben Burns up front........... [More]

:: Sunday 13th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Saturday's postponed match against Whitehawk has been re-arranged for Saturday, April 9 (ko 3.00pm). The home game with Ringmer, which was scheduled for that day, will now take place on Tuesday, April 26 (ko 7.30pm).

BOB Smith strengthened his East Grinstead Town squad this week by bringing James Horner back to East Court. The midfielder has returned to the club after spending the first seven months of the season with County League rivals Redhill and goes straight into the squad for Tuesday night’s crucial Division One battle against his old side at East Court.
Horner made 37 appearances and scored six goals for the club last season and was part of the squad which clinched our first silverware for 52 years when they won the RUR Cup. Now he is being pitched into a relegation battle as we try to preserve their top-flight status.
Smith needs midfield reinforcements after skipper Lee Hanson was ruled out until the end of March because of a knee injury which has got progressively worse in recent weeks. Dave Gellatly and Ben Brockbank both face suspensions in the next few weeks for recent red cards while Adam Dart begins a two-match ban on February 21 for accumulating ten bookings and misses the trip to Hassocks Tuesday week and the home match against Arundel on the 26th.
Smith said: “We’re delighted to get Jimmy Horner back. He’s one of the best finishers from midfield we’ve had at the club in recent years and his ability to get past defenders and put good balls into the box gives us something extra.” The manager admitted news of Hanson’s lengthy lay-off is a blow. “Lee has been very consistent this season and it will be hard work for whoever replaces him because he works so hard for the cause. “But the likes of Mark Hillen, James Holland, Simon Tadman and Peter Benton can all play in midfield and they will be battling to get a place in the side now. “We could also put Drew Cooney or Paul Davies in there so there are options but I am looking at trying to bring in another player.”
Saturday’s home match with Whitehawk was postponed because the East Court pitch was waterlogged and Wasps go into the Redhill game four points adrift of safety, albeit with games in hand on all their rivals. Smith added: “I think the word which sums us up so far this season is underachievement. But there are still 17 games and 51 points so there is plenty of opportunity to put it right. “The squad had a meeting last week and I spelt out to them that if we didn’t realise it before they must realise now that we have a relegation battle on our hands. “I’m still confident we can climb away from trouble, but we need a big performance from everyone in every game until the end of the season now and that’s what I expect.”


Saturday’s home match with Whitehawk was called off at 12.15pm after an inspection by local referee Richard Daniells. It’s the second first team game to fall foul of the wet weather this winter and some supporters may be wondering if the extensive drainage work installed in 2002 is not doing its job after the club lost just one first team match to waterlogging in the previous two seasons. That’s not the case, according to chairman Bruce Talbot, but he says remedial work is being planned for this summer.
He explained: “Richard Tramontin (vice-chairman) and I met with a representative of the company who did such a good job on Three Bridges’ pitch last summer earlier in the week. “About 4-5 inches below the surface of the pitch has become very compacted and subsequently the water is not running away to the drains as well as it should. “We can rectify this by opening up the top surface in the summer and putting a lot more sand into the sub-structure, which aids drainage, before re-seeding. “When we did the drainage work three years ago the contractors used 100 tonnes of sand, but Bridges had 650 tonnes put on theirs last summer. We are also exploring the options to help improve irrigation during the close season because we are aware of the need to have a better covering of grass all over the pitch.
“When you think about it, there can’t be many more worse places to put a football pitch than at the bottom of a steep slope on a bed of clay next to a pond, but we’re stuck with it and have to make the best of it. “Believe me, the club wants to provide the best possible playing surface. People who have been involved for a long time know that it has improved and hopefully we can take action this summer to make it even better.”

The chairman also explained the late postponement of Saturday’s game. He added: “At 9am there was surface water all over the pitch but it was windy and sunny and we were expecting the surface to dry out. “It definitely improved, but not quickly enough. We left it as late as possible, but when the inspection was carried out there were still bad areas, particularly on the stand side to the right of the dugouts, and the water simply wasn’t getting away. “We could have waited until the match referee arrived, but if he had postponed the game then not only would it have cost the club money in officials fees and wasted food and programmes, but it would have inconvenienced both Whitehawk and our own supporters a lot more.”
With a dry forecast for the next few days, the club are confident Tuesday’s match against Redhill will go ahead. Talbot added: “The pitch is flat and providing there is no heavy rain I can’t envisage any problems.”

:: Saturday 12th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Today's match against Whitehawk has been postponed following a pitch inspection by referee.

:: Sunday 6th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps pay dearly for early lapses

Cooney challengesWASPS’ winless run is now seven games after a heavy 5-2 defeat at last season’s County League champions Chichester on Saturday.......... [More]

This defeat meant Bob Smith’s side remained second from bottom in the first division table. Smith is convinced his side can escape the drop and, of the other strugglers, only Sidley managed to pick up a point on Saturday. But they need to take advantage of a run of three successive home games although Saturday’s encounter with Whitehawk at East Court (ko 3pm) will not be easy. Wasps then entertain a Redhill side sliding down the table after five successive league defeats next Tuesday (ko 7.30pm).

Smith said: “They are two crucial games. We just need a result to give us a lift and I still have every confidence in the players. We played so well in the semi-final and were very unlucky and if we can maintain that level of performance we won’t have any problems climbing the table. Defensively we have to be a lot tighter and that is an area we must improve. If we keep clean sheets we will win games because we have the ability at the other end.”

Smith will have to do without Gellatly shortly after the three-week ban he received for a red card against Southwick in November was upheld after an appeal last week. Adam Dart will miss the games against Hassocks and Arundel later this month while he serves a seven-day suspension for accumulating ten bookings. Smith is hoping to strengthen the squad and has made a seven-day approach for a player currently with a first division club, although he refused to name his target.

WASPS Ladies Team completed a miserable weekend for the club when they went down 3 - 0 away to Hailsham Town in the first meatch of the Sussex County FA Supplementary Competition A Division this afternoon. Meanwhile in the main league competetition, second place Bognor Regis Town increased the pressure on Wasps with a 6 - 0 defeat of Maresfield Village. Bognor are now one point behind leader's Grinstead with a game in hand. The two meet in Wasps' final match on Sunday 20th February which they will need to win to secure the Division Two Championship.

:: Saturday 5th February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Bad day all round for Wasps....
Grinstead were simply not at the races at the start of this afternoon's Division One match at Chichester and found themselves 3 - 0 down within 15 minutes. The Chi goalkeeper was then shown a rather harsh red card for handball outside the area when he was retrieving a ball sportingly played back by a Wasps player after Chi had put the ball out following a Kris Trevor injury. From the resultant free kick by Adam Dart, the ball was cleared off the line but only as far as Paul Davies who headed the ball home. Ben Burns got a second Grinstead goal in the second half and this was shortly followed by a great effort from Dave Gellatly which struck the inside of the upright but bounced out. 10 man Chichester then broke away twice and scored. Final score : Chichester City Utd 5, East Grinstead Town 2.
The Reserves lost by 2 - 1 at home to Eastbourne Town and the Third XI went down 7 - 1 away to Hurstpierpoint.

:: Thursday 3rd February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 18s secured win over South Park with a cracking second half goal. Final score:-
East Grinstead Town U18s 2, South Park 1

:: Wednesday 2nd February 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ten men relinquish RUR Cup
WASPS lost their grip on the RUR Cup despite a courageous performance in tonight's semi-final against Ringmer at The Beacon, home of Hassocks FC. We had to play with ten men for 53 minutes after Ben Brockbank, who had been booked in the first half for dissent, got a second yellow card in the 67th minute for a foul. The ten men eventually succumbed to a goal in the ninth minute of extra time when Dave Tidy was finally beaten by Matt Beeston's low shot from the edge of the box......... [More]

Tim McCoy
IT is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Tim McCoy at the age of 84. Tim, a former Brighton and Northampton defender, became the club's first ever player-manager in 1958 in our days at West Street. Before then the club's committee had picked the teams from week to week. Our condolences are extended to the McCoy family.

:: Monday 31st January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FEBRUARY is shaping up to be a crucial month in Town’s bid to climb up the County League table. They travel to Chichester on Saturday (3pm) before facing four successive home matches against Whitehawk, Redhill, East Preston and Arundel. And boss Bob Smith is confident that by the end of the month his team will have climbed clear of relegation trouble. Smith said: “It’s a crucial month and we have to make the most of our home games. Our form at East Court has been quite good this season and maintaining it is important for the rest of the season.”
Trevor & Davies - Wasps cornerWasps remain next-to-bottom after losing 3-0 to Three Bridges at East Court last Tuesday, their first league defeat at home since September......... [More]
But with just six points between them and tenth-placed Hassocks, the situation at the bottom remains as tight as it has for most of the season. Grinstead had no game on Saturday, but they were boosted by news of a 1-0 defeat for Pagham. Wasps remain two points behind both Pagham and Sidley, but they do have three games in hand on both of their rivals.
On Wednesday Wasps face Ringmer at Hassocks FC (7.45pm) in the semi-final of the RUR Cup and a victory would give their confidence a massive boost. Then it’s a trip to champions Chichester, one of several sides still flirting with the bottom of the table but who eased their worries with a 2-1 win over Rye on Saturday.
Smith added: “We focus on one game at a time which means Ringmer first and then Chichester. But we beat Chichester at our place in December and deservedly so. They are obviously not as strong as last season, but they don’t lose many games at home so it will be difficult.” Smith had no complaints about the outcome of last week’s game against Bridges. “I knew it would be very tough. After Horsham YMCA they are the form team at the moment and we didn’t do enough in the final third which was disappointing. We are short of confidence at the moment, but a win could turn that around as we saw when we had a bad run earlier in the season. I’ve always maintained that this group of players is good enough to be much higher in the table and I still thank that is the case, but now is the time for them to prove it themselves. The longer you stay in the bottom three the harder it becomes and games in hand mean nothing if you don’t win them.”
Smith has no new injury worries although Simon Tadman is cup-tied for the Ringmer game. Tadman, Mark Hillen and Chris Arrow were hoping to get 90 minutes under their belt for the reserves on Saturday, but the game against Burgess Hill was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. Meanwhile Gellatly appeals against the red card he received against Southwick in November this Friday. The midfielder already faces a seven-day suspension for picking up two yellow cards in last week’s 1-1 draw at Hailsham.

:: Sunday 30th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ladies team have title in own hands
Wasps Ladies did not have a match this afternoon, but their chances for clinching the Division Two League title got a boost with Bognor Regis Town Ladies only managing a 1 - 1 draw against Hastings. This now means that if Wasps can beat Bognor away in their last league match of the season, they would win the league. The date for Wasps' last fixture has still to be set by the league.

:: Saturday 29th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
This afternoon's Reserve Team match against Burgess Hill has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Friday 28th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tsunami Earthquake appeal....
Proceeds from gate receipts and programme sales from Tuesday night's match against Three Bridges totalling £206 were donated by the Club to the Tsunami appeal for the survivors of the devastating earthquake in south-east Asia on Boxing Day.

Wasps Under 18's lost to Horsham 2 - 1 in their match on Wednesday night. Wasps took an early lead but an own goal late in the first half followed by the winner in the second half saw the home side clinch their first victory this season. Wasps have three matches left to play and are currently fifth in the league having won 2, drawn 5 and lost 4. They play South Park next Thursday at East Court (ko 7.30pm).

:: Wednesday 26th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
No game on Saturday as Wasps rest up for semi

WITH Dave Gellatly on stand-by for Sussex’s match this weekend, Wasps have no league game this Saturday. Instead, the squad will rest any niggling injuries ahead of next Wednesday’s RUR Cup semi-final against Ringmer at Hassocks FC (7.45pm). Wasps collected their first silverware since 1952 when they won the competition last season and the semi holds no fears for boss Bob Smith, even though Ringmer were good value for their league win when the sides met in November. Smith said: “The boys won’t need any motivation. Winning the RUR Cup last season was a career highlight for quite a few of them and we would love to get to another final and retain the trophy. “Ringmer are a strong side and don’t let many goals in, but they like to play football which should suit us and I think it will be a good occasion. Hopefully there will be plenty of our supporters there as well to cheer us on.”

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Early goal puts Wasps on back foot.....
An unstoppable 25 yard volley after four minutes put Three Bridges in front tonight at East Court. Wasps were stunned and took a while to regain composure. An uncharacteristic defensive error from Paul Davies, who otherwise had an excellent game, gifted Bridges a second goal early in the second half and as Wasps brought on a third attacker to try to get something out of the game, Bridges scored a third.

:: Monday 24th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
First silverware of the season for EGTFC.............

East Grinstead mayor Cllr.Christine Mainstone presented EGTFC with its first cup of the season last Monday at the East Grinstead & District Lions Club 2004 Swimathon presentation.

The trophy was in recognition of the Football Club having raised the most amount of money of any organisation for The East Grinstead Lions Club annual Charity Swimathon last November.

A combined total of £6600 was raised by all groups with a total of 66Km swum during the evening, which lasted three and a half hours.
.....Lions Club web link

:: Sunday 23rd January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Ladies 2, Hastings United Reserves 0
Louise Stevens' goal late in the second half finally broke the deadlock in Wasps' final home league match of the season. The goal calmed what had been an anxious Grinstead display against a strong Hastings side. Tanya Warner went on to score a second to secure the three points. With Bognor Regis Town beating Hailsham, these fellow title contenders swap league positions. Grinstead remain top five points clear of Bognor who have 3 games in hand. Hailsham move down to third, six points behind Grinstead with one game in hand......... [Table]
Wasps last game is against Bognor Regis Town, but the league have not yet fixed a date for what could be a title decider. Meanwhile provisional dates have been set for Wasps first three matches in the supplementary trophy cup........ [Fixtures]

:: Saturday 22nd January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
10 man Wasps settle for draw....
Kris Trevor's second half goal clinched a point for 10 man Grinstead after Hailsham went one up late in the first half. The first half was littered with stoppages and Hailsham manager Ken McCreadie was warned by the referee, then red carded and the game was held up until he left the field of play and was banished to the confines of the clubhouse. Wasps squandered a few good chances on goal but Hailsham then took the lead with a well hit volley from the edge of the box which left Dave Tidy with no chance. Dave Gellatly who had been boked for a challenge in the first half was given a second yellow card and his marching orders early in the second half for allegedly kicking the ball away when the refereee had blown for a foul by the player after he appeared to do no more than turn a defender and then play the ball. Ten man Grinstead continued to be a match for Hailsham and always looked the more likely to score. A neat interchange of passes on the left was followed by a pass across to Kris Trevor who beat goalkeeper Danny Hunt. Wasps should have won the match just at the end when a goalbound volley from substitute Peter Benton struck Kris Trevor......... [More]
The Reserves lost 1 - 0 at home to Eastbourne Borough, while the Third XI beat top of the table Old Varndeanians 3 - 1 away.

:: Thursday 20th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The date for the RUR Cup semi final against Ringmer at Hassocks FC has been changed by the league and will now take place on Wednesday 2nd February, kick off 7.45pm.

The Reserves fixture on 29th January has also been changed to Burgess Hill at home.

:: Wednesday 19th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasp's RUR Cup Semi Final against Ringmer will be staged at Hassocks FC on Tues Feb 1, ko time to follow.

Our provisional home fixture against Pagham on Saturday 29th January will be rescheduled to a later date. The Reserves are now at home to Chichester City United that day, not away.

:: Tuesday 18th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Runaway leaders too strong for Grinstead

GRINSTEAD became runaway County League leaders Horsham YMCA’s latest victims as Bob Smith’s men went down 3-1 at Gorings Mead on Tuesday. YM lost 1-0 to Wasps in the RUR Cup in October and seemed in no mood to allow their visitors to repeat that result as they took control with two goals in the first 34 minutes......... [More]

:: Monday 17th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Smith: I still don't know how we lost cup tie!

WASPS missed out on a first ever appearance in the semi-finals of the John O’Hara County League Cup, but they must still be wondering now how they failed to get past Sidley at East Court on Saturday. Grinstead should have been out of sight within half an hour, but they squandered four gilt-edged chances and found themselves behind at half-time to a resilient Sidley outfit. Kris Trevor claimed his 14th goal of the season to equalise after 62 minutes and Wasps looked poised to go on and win the tie. But Sidley hung on as Wasps continued to be wasteful in front of goal and the visitors grew in confidence in extra time when Steve Morris scored a smashing winner in the 112th minute. It left Wasps still searching for their first win of 2005......... [More]

Improving league position is now the priority

WASPS still have their defence of the RUR Cup to occupy them next month when they face Ringmer in the semi-finals, but for now they can concentrate on improving their league position in Division One. They visit runaway leaders Horsham YMCA on Tuesday (7.30pm) and face a crucial match at fellow strugglers Hailsham on Saturday (3pm). “The Hailsham game is a massive one for us,” admitted Smith. “The league is so tight that I don’t think any side outside the top five can consider themselves safe. We have games in hand which we must make count and definitely have it within us to put a good run together and hopefully that will start this week.” Gellatly, Tadman and Hillen are all back in contention, giving Smith the rarity of a full strength squad to choose from.

:: Sunday 16th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ladies romp home 9 - 0 against Maresfield....
Five goals from top scorer Tanya Warner, two from Amy Graves, one from Natalie Burke and a career first from Adele Brown saw Wasps record their biggest ever win this afternoon. 'Man' of the match award must go to Louise Stevens who put in a superb display and manager Jim Muir was happy to see Celia Huggett and her stalwart defence keep a clean sheet, only the second of the season. With Hailsham and Bognor Regis both winning 4 - 0, league positions remain the same but Grinstead's goal difference is now better than both other contenders for the League title. Wasps remain top, three points above Hailsham who have a game in hand, and five points above Bognor Regis who have three games in hand and who entertain Hailsham at home next Sunday. Grinstead host Hastings United next Sunday and their final league match is away to Bognor Regis.

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Despite creating at least a dozen good goal scoring chances which should have seen them win comfortably by four or five goals, Wasps first went behind before Kris Trevot eventually found the back of the net and took this afternoon's fourth round John O'Hara League Cup tie against Sidley United into extra time. Wasps continued to fail to take advantage of the pressure on the Sidley goal and in the second period of extra time the visitors broke away and clinched the game 2 - 1. The whole crowd were stunned how this match could have ended with a defeat for Wasps.
Both the Reserves and the Third Team lost their away matches; the Reserves 2 - 1 against Horsham YMCA......... [More] and the Thirds 4 - 2 to Peacehaven.

:: Tuesday 11th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hassocks match postponed....
Tonight's match at Hassocks was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
As a result of the only Sussex County Division 1 game that did go ahead tonight, Wasps have now dropped to third from bottom with Three Bridges beating Redhill 3 - 1. Bridges have now played the same number of games as Grinstead but their slender two points advantage sees them 4 places above Wasps, who have games in hand over every other team.
Such is the congestion in the lower half of the league, that only 7 points separate Wasps in 18th position from Redhill in 8th with Grinstead having 4 games in hand.

:: Monday 10th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town hope to secure a second cup semi-final place on Saturday. But boss Bob Smith admits improving Grinstead's position in the County League table remains their priority. A second successive home postponement last Saturday, combined with Hailsham's 4-0 win at Redhill, means Wasps go into tomorrow night's (Tuesday) game at Hassocks in 17th place, just one spot and one point above the first division relegation zone. But such is the congested state of the bottom half of the table that a win over Hassocks would lift Grinstead four places up the table. They have games in hand, five in the case of Sidley, over all their rivals and are just seven points behind ninth-placed East Preston. Saturday's game against Eastbourne United Association was called off because of a waterlogged pitch after a morning inspection. It's only the third home Grinstead have lost since carrying out major drainage work in 2002.
Smith said: "I still believe we are good enough to finish in the top half of the table. Our position doesn't look that bright at the moment, but everyone who has seen us play in the last few weeks know we are better than where we are. There's no reason why we can't go on another unbeaten run similar to the one we had before we lost to Rye on January 3, that has got to be the aim."
Grinstead go to league leaders Horsham YMCA Tuesday week (18th Jan ko 7.30pm), but in between look forward to the visit of Sidley in the quarter-final of the John O¹Hara League Cup at East Court on Saturday (3pm). Having already made it through to the semi-finals of the RUR Cup, Smith would love a repeat and a meeting with last season's beaten finalists Rye. "The cups aren't a distraction," he insists. "It keeps the season going and we have seen cup wins give us confidence in the league this season." Sidley were hammered 6-0 at Littlehampton in the league last Saturday and have won just twice in 11 away games this season. However Smith will take nothing for granted. He said: "They want to get to a cup final as badly as we do and we saw when we drew with them in the league in October that they work really hard for each other so it will be a tough game for us." At least Saturday's postponement gave Michael Turville and Chris Arrow time to recover from the groin injuries they suffered in Wasps' last match and with Mark Hillen available after suspension, Smith should have a full-strength squad to choose from.

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Ladies remain top after 1 - 1 draw away to Hailsham Town this afternoon, Del Cook scoring for Wasps. The Ladies have been top of Division Two all season. They have three matches left in this campaign, two home games in January against Maresfield and Hastings United followed by a tough away match against third placed Bognor Regis Town, the only side to have defeated the Wasps this season. Why not come along and give your support to Jim Muirs' girls next Sunday (ko 2.00pm).

:: Saturday 8th January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves come from behind to beat Oakwood 2 - 1 with goals from Rob Anderson and Steven Major in the last five minutes of the first half......... [More]
Third XI crash out of the Edgar German Cup 4 - 0 to Hartfield.

Today's First XI Sussex County League Division 1 home fixture against Eastbourne United Association has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The next scheduled fixture at East Court is the 4th round tie against Sidley United in the John O'Hara Cup. Wasps are away to Hassocks in the league next Tuesday (ko 7.45 pm). A win would see us climb 4 places to 13th.

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On a wet night at East Court, Wasps Reserves battled hard against a Three Bridges side that failed to finish chances and the game ended in a goaless draw......... [More]

Winning tickets in the Christmas raffle were as follows (in prize order):
1667 Phil Major, 1762 Grant Hearn, 1729 Zoe (3 crowns), 0225 Blair Cooney, 0943 Dave Tidy, 1557 Martin Starks, 1126 Kate Cook, 1723 Simon Grease, 0725 Charlie (Lingfield), 1044 Olive & Alan Russell
The 10 lucky winners either have been or will shortly be contacted on how to claim their prizes.

:: 3rd January 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New Year starts with a disappointing defeat

WASPS made a disappointing start to the new year as they suffered only their second defeat in the last seven games at third-placed Rye on Monday.
Two goals either side of half-time did the damage as an understrength Grinstead side were punished for failing to take their chances when they were on top in the first half......... [More]

Squad should be stronger for Eastbourne visit
Monday’s game was the start of a busy January for Wasps who have two league games in four days ahead of them.
On Saturday they entertain Eastbourne United Association at East Court (3pm) and Smith should have Hanson, Davies and Dunstan available. Chris Arrow will need to shake off a groin injury which forced him to come off after 48 minutes against Rye.
Next Tuesday Wasps go to Hassocks (7.45pm) when Mark Hillen is unavailable while he serves a two-match suspension for his red card against Southwick last month.
Smith said: “We are targeting these two games as ones we can win. If we could get six points from them it would be a big confidence boost before the League Cup quarter-final on the 15th against Sidley United.”
Meanwhile, Wasps have failed to lure midfielder Jon Ducker to East Court. The former Crawley Down midfielder has decided to stay with Redhill until the end of the season.

:: Monday 27th December 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Big freeze means no action for Grinstead

EAST Grinstead Town were denied the opportunity to continue their good form when Monday's County League local derby with Redhill was postponed.
Referee Colin Mallows called the Division One match off 90 minutes before the scheduled 11am kick off because the East Court pitch was frozen.
Wasps are next in action on Monday when they make the long trip to Rye & Iden United (ko 3.00pm).
At least the enforced break has allowed Grinstead's injured players time to recover. Kris Trevor, Dave Tidy and Kevin Wright have all been suffering from hamstring problems and top scorer Trevor missed the RUR Cup quarter-final win at Eastbourne Town on December 18, but all three were in the squad for the Redhill game.
Wasps face a busy January with eight games, including a league trip to leaders Horsham YMCA and a John O'Hara League Cup quarter-final at home to Sidley, but they start 2005 with what is always one of their toughest games of the season.
Manager Bob Smith said: "Rye is always a difficult place to get a result, but we are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. The boys have had a little break which has enabled a few of them to get fit and we are looking forward to going down there and getting a result."
Grinstead Reserves play Three Bridges at East Court in a league game next Tuesday (Jan 4), kick off 7.30pm

:: Friday 24th December 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Merry Christmas........

East Grinstead Town Football Club would like to wish our supporters and all those associated with the club a truly Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

January fixtures released......
Wasps First XI are scheduled to play 2 matches every week in January, a total of 8 fixtures, four of which at home, including a mid-week local derby against Three Bridges. See the fixtures sections for a full list.

:: Saturday 18th December 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Semi-finals again as Wasps show their resolve.....
A second half goal from Dave Gellatly put Wasps on level terms in this RUR quarter final tie against Eastbourne Town after the home side had taken the lead in the first half. The game went into extra time with Grinstead then going 3 - 1 up through goals from Ben Burns and Adam Dart before Eastbourne pulled one back......... [More]
Final Score Eastbourne Town 2, East Grinstead Town 3
Wasps now face Ringmer in the semi finals.

Changes certain for Redhill derby

BOSS Bob Smith will have to make at least two enforced changes when Wasps return to County League action at home to Redhill on Monday 27th December (11am).
Both Paul Davies and James Holland are unavailable and there is no Mark Hillen either.
Dave Tidy and Kevin Wright were both having treatment on hamstring injuries this week but top scorer Kris Trevor is hoping to be fit after missing Saturday’s win over Eastbourne Town with a similar injury.
Drew Cooney is Davies’s likely replacement while Peter Benton returns to the squad.
Smith has made a seven-day approach to Redhill for former Crawley Down midfielder Jon Ducker although whether the Surrey club will allow any transfer to be completed before Monday’s derby remains to be seen.
Smith said: “We haven’t got a game for nine days now so hopefully we can get our injured players fit for what will be a difficult game against a side who have improved steadily in recent weeks.”
Wasps kick off 2005 with a tough-looking game at Rye on Monday, January 3 (3pm).

The Reserves finished off 2004 with one of their best performances of the year. Due to injuries and unavailabilities Wasps fielded a young side against high flying East Preston and comprehensively won 5 - 1........ [More]

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Ladies round off a winning weekend for Wasps
A hatrick from Tanya Warner, two goals from Del Cook and one from Amy Dunn secured East Grinstead Ladies' biggest ever away win this afternoon, hammering Wandgas 6 - 0. Wasps are now certain to end 2004 top of Division 2, a postion they have deservedly occupied all season - a superb achievement by Jim Muir and his girls who have plenty to celebrate this Christmas.
This win means that all four senior Grinstead sides won their league matches this weekend. Come on the Wasps.....

:: Saturday 11th December 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Court the place for entertainment...


RESURGENT Wasps chalked up their fourth win in five games in an incident-packed County League game at East Court today.
Bob Smith’s men handsomely avenged last month’s Division One defeat by the same scoreline at Southwick, but their win came at a cost.
Kris Trevor (hamstring), Chris Arrow (ankle) and James Holland (ankle) all had to come off in the first hour and Grinstead played the last 16 minutes with ten men after half-time substitute Mark Hillen was sent off for two bookable offences, the second a kick at James Rhodes.
Wasps also missed a penalty while referee Shaheem Kamaldian’s erratic display hardly endeared him to either side or the home crowd......... [More]

The Reserves travelled to Sidley and twice came from behind before sealing victory 3 - 2......... [More]
The Third XI made it a hatrick of wins today, beating Lindfield II 3 - 0.

After a flurry of fixture changes over the last few days, there will now be no mid week games this coming week. The under 18s who were originally due to host Worthing United at East Court on Wednesday 15th December have been advised that the opposition are unable to attend. The remaining matches this year are therefore the Reserves at home to East Preston next Saturday, 18th December and the Firsts at home to Redhill on the 27th, ko 11am.

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Tonight's Sussex County League match at East Court against Three Bridges was abandoned at half time because of fog. The score at half time was East Grinstead Town 0, Three Bridges 0.

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Arrow points the way to the quarter-finals...

TWO-GOAL Chris Arrow pointed Wasps into the quarter-finals of the County League John O’Hara Cup as they tore ten-man Pagham apart on Saturday.

Boss Bob Smith was looking for a response from his side to last Tuesday’s 5-0 home defeat by Conference outfit Crawley in the Senior Cup where the compensation for the club was a record crowd for a competitive fixture at East Court of 867.

Smith got his wish despite the absence of two key players. Drew Cooney had to pull out because of a knee injury while Dave Gellatly was cup-tied, but Wasps were too strong for the toothless Lions after a goalless first half. They now entertain Sidley or Westfield in the last eight......... [More].

Smith: Now we need league points...

TWO home games in four days this week present East Grinstead Town with the chance to start climbing the County League table.
Despite their improved form, Wasps are still just three points above the first division relegation zone.
Three Bridges – one of the teams below them - visit East Court tonight (Wednesday, 7.30pm) and on Saturday in-form Southwick, who have lost just once in 12 starts since Grinstead beat them on October 2, are the visitors (3pm).
Manager Bob Smith, reflecting on Saturday’s 4-0 cup win over Pagham, said: “It was a good performance although I feel we can play better. Once we’d scored there was never any doubt in my mind that we’d win, but the league is the most important thing and we have two home games coming up where good results would really see us climb the table. They will be hard games though. Bridges are in a false position and Southwick beat us easily at their place a month ago.”
Smith was delighted with the performance of 18-year-old defender Michael Turville at Pagham and he will keep his place if Drew Cooney’s swollen knee fails to respond to treatment this week. Dave Gellatly also returns to the squad after being cup-tied on Saturday.

:: Wednesday 1st December 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Record crowd sees Reds' romp.....

Captains, officials and Wasps mascots THE biggest crowd to watch non-professional opposition at East Court saw Wasps predictably bow out of the Senior Cup to Conference high-fliers Crawley last night. A turnout of 867 - ten times the crowd which watched the Chichester match on Saturday - saw former Grinstead player Allan Tait (2), Neil Jenkins, Rob Traynor and Dan Platel get the goals in a 5-0 win for the visitors. But Wasps' boss Bob Smith was delighted with the team's performance. His only regret that his side didn't score at least once, despite creating some good chances.... [More]
Off-the-pitch the night went well for the club. Chairman Bruce Talbot said: "It was a major operation staging a game like this which involved a lot of effort. I would like to thank everyone at the club for their hard work in the preparation and then staging the match itself which, from a logistical point of view, was a great success.

Crawley keeper saves Wasps weather storm

Pagham next in League Cup.....
IT'S back to bread-and-butter on Saturday when Wasps go to Pagham in the third round (last 16) of the John O¹Hara League Cup, ko 3.00pm. Manager Bob Smith may bring back Chris Arrow and field the team which beat Chichester in the league last Saturday. The reserves are at home to Lewes in the third round (last 32) of the Intermediate Cup. Recent signing Simon Tadman is expected to play after joining us from Hailsham.

:: Saturday 27th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps come from behind to down champions

WASPS pulled clear of the County League relegation zone after coming from behind to beat champions Chichester at East Court this afternoon.
It looked like being a long afternoon for Grinstead when the visitors took a ninth-minute lead, but two goals in three first-half minutes from top scorer Kris Trevor and Paul Davies changed the complexion of a ferociously-fought contest..... [More]

Now we're up for the cup...

WASPS are back in cup action on Tuesday at East Court against Conference side Crawley Town (ko 7:15) and again next Saturday when they go to Pagham in the third round of the John O’Hara League Cup (3pm).

Grinstead have signed Simon Tadman, a right-sided midfielder or striker, from Division One rivals Hailsham while Steve Moore, who missed nine games because of a knee injury, made his comeback in the reserves who lost to Redhill 2 - 0 in the 3rd round of the Reserve Section Challenge Cup today.

Grinstead Thirds got back to winning ways, beating Uckfield Town II 2 - 0.

:: Friday 26th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reds alert for one of the biggest games at East Court......

EAST Grinstead Town stage arguably the biggest game ever at East Court next Tuesday – and manager Bob Smith says his players are relishing the opportunity of facing Sussesx’s biggest non-league club Crawley Town.
It’s the first time Nationwide Conference opposition have visited Grinstead and the club are hoping for a big crowd for their Sussex Senior Cup second round tie (kick off 7.15pm).
Smith said: “It is almost like the equivalent of playing in the first round of the FA Cup for us, it’s certainly the biggest game a lot of our lads will ever play in. We’re really looking forward to it. There should be a big crowd, which the players will relish, and the chance to play against a side which are professional in all but name.”
Crawley moved into contention for a place in the Conference play-offs with a 2-1 win at Morecambe on Saturday and whatever side they field is bound to be strong. Their reserves play in the Pontins Football Combination and most of their squad have experience at league clubs.
Among them is Grinstead resident Allan Tait who played in Wasps's Under 18s together with one of his closest pals Marc Tramontin. He also made a couple of appearances for our front side in 2000 before a career which took him to Deal Town, Folkestone and Crawley, whom he joined at the end of last season.
Smith added: “Allan knows quite a few people at the club and I’m sure he will be looking to play. Obviously it will be very difficult for us, but I will be happy if the players work hard, are committed and, most of all, enjoy what is a big occasion for the club.”
Grinstead have refused to cash in on what could be a big payday. Admission has been pegged at normal County League prices of £4, but car parking is bound to be at a premium and the advice is to get there early.

:: Tuesday 23rd November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Club appoints new Commercial Manager.......
We are pleased to announce that the Club has tonight appointed Lee Quinn as Commercial Manager with immediate effect. Originally from Brighton, Lee has lived in East Grinstead since 1999 and has a passion for football. He joins the team at EGTFC full of enthusiasm and new ideas.

:: Sunday 21st November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Thorpey may quit.....
Matt ThorpeBOSS Bob Smith fears midfielder Matt Thorpe may have played his last game for the club.
Thorpe, who has been dogged by ankle trouble for the past two years, broke down again last week and is considering retirement. Despite surgery a year ago, Thorpe has struggled to get fully fit. He recently missed 11 games after suffering a recurrence of the injury.
Smith said: “Matt is fed up working hard to get fit and then breaking down again, it is very frustrating. I’ve told him to wait until after Christmas to see how he is and he is going back to his surgeon to find out what the problem is. He was very down last week which is understandable, but hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him because he is a quality player on his day.”

Meanwhile striker Martin Millins has returned to his former club Rusthall in the Kent County League after failing to settle at East Court. Millins missed the start of the season because of an ankle injury, but scored twice on his debut at Arundel earlier this month. But after just four appearances – two of them as substitute – he has gone back to his old stomping ground.
Smith said: “He’s been thinking about it for a while. All his mates play there and he was under pressure to go back.”
Just when they thought their injury problems were easing, Grinstead are again suffering. Striker Rob Anderson will be out for a while after suffering whiplash in a car accident while Aaron Zimmatore remains a long-term absentee because of knee trouble.
Ben Burns is another player to have suffered knee problems this season although he got through 90 minutes for the reserves on Saturday without any ill-effects.

Who ate all the burgers?Our very own burger eating champion was caught on camera sampling the opposition's cuisine last week. He could be seen in the background of a photograph of Dave Tidy making a clearance against Southwick. The original photo which was taken by Bob Moore appears under the match report and was also reproduced in yesterday's programme. In response to numerous requests we have had from fans who saw the photo, here's our Paul on his own.

Our very own eating machine Paul.

Whey hey.....

:: Saturday 20th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps go through to next round of the John O'Hara Cup....
Paul DaviesThe home crowd went away pleased despite the cold wintry weather this afternoon with a heart warming solid performance from the First Team beating Hailsham Town 4 - 1 in this second round tie of the John O'Hara Cup. Paul Davies (pictured left) opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a powerful header following a well struck corner kick by Adam Dart. This was Paul's debut goal for Grinstead.

Kick off in the snowKris Trevor created a few good chances in the first half but couldn't find the back of the net until the second half when he bagged two.

With Wasps 3 - 0 up, Hailsham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Just before the end, Phil Thompson celebrated his return to the First Team scoring Wasp's fourth....... [More]

The scheduled league encounter against Three Bridges next Tuesday (23rd November) has been postponed until Wednesday 8th December as Bridges drew their FA Vase tie with Chertsey Town 4 - 4 and will be playing the replay instead.

Grinstead's next home match is the league encounter against Chichester City United at East Court next Saturday (ko 3pm).

Grinstead Reserves lost 1 - 0 away to Whitehawk [More] and the Third XI went down 4 - 0 to Burgess Hill Albion.

:: Wednesday 17th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ladies squander chances....
East Grinstead Town Ladies failed to capitalise on a host of chances they created in the second half which should have been enough to beat local rivals Crawley Down from Division One in this SCFA Division 1 & 2 Knockout Cup tie. Instead, they conceded two sloppy first half goals and could only reply with a goal from Sam Coppard before the break. The game ended Wasps 1, Crawley Down 2, the second cup defeat against the same opposition in 4 days. The Ladies' next match is away to Bognor Regis Town in the league on Sunday 28th November.

Under 18s notch up a 2 - 0 local derby win against Three Bridges....
Wasps' Under 18's stormed to an excellent away win against local rivals Three Bridges in an exciting end-to-end encounter in the Southern Youth League....... [More]
Their next match is on 8th December away to Worthing in the league, followed the week after by the return home fixture.

:: Tuesday 16th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gellatly to play for county...

DAVE Gellatly makes his second appearance of the season for Sussex tomorrow (Wednesday) when the county play the RAF at Lancing in the SW Counties Championship.

Community-spirited Wasps in the swim...

Under 12 ColtsOVER 40 swimmers of all shapes and sizes had one thing in common when they took part in the East Grinstead Lions Club annual charity swim at the King's Centre on Saturday - raising money for the football club and the good causes supported by the Lions Club.
In total the swimmers, who came from virtually every team in the club from under-8s through to the first team (where manager Bob Smith was among those doing his bit) swam an arm-aching 423 laps in just over 30 minutes. Early indications are that they have raised over £2,300 to be split between the football club and the Lions, who distribute it to various charities. (Pictured left are the swimmers who represented the Under 12 Colts)
The event is another example of the club's efforts to play its part in the community of East Grinstead and we would like to thank David Mann for his efforts in organising the event so successfully.
The club have had a partnership with EG Lions for several years now. They provide the hot food on bonfire night and are supplying walkie-talkies and a mobile generator to the club for use on Tuesday November 30 when Wasps play their biggest match for years - a Sussex Senior Cup tie against Crawley Town FC.

:: Sunday 14th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Club may appeal against Gellatly red card.....
BOSS Bob Smith is looking forward to a run of home games – and the return of top scorer Kris Trevor – when Wasps try to bounce back from last Saturday’s mauling at Southwick.
After five successive away matches, Town now have four games in days at East Court, starting with Saturday’s League Cup second round tie against Hailsham (3pm). The winners will be away to Pagham in the last 16.
Trevor, who has scored eight goals in seven games since returning from injury, is a certain starter.
In the meantime, Grinstead will be anxious to put Saturday’s disappointing result behind them although they will be without the cup-tied Dave Gellatly. Matt Thorpe is expected to move into the centre of midfield to replace him.
Smith said: “After playing so well at Arundel the week before, it was a big let-down. We never got going and from 2-0 down it was always going to be difficult.
“The league is so tight that a couple of wins could see you move into the top half. We have improved over the last month, but we have to start picking up points.”
Not surprisingly, Smith saw the incident which earned Dave Gellatly a red card differently from the referee.
“There was some pushing and shoving, but David tells me he didn’t raise his hand. In which case why wasn’t their player sent off as well? We will think about our next move, but we will probably appeal because it was very harsh.
“I’m not sure it would have changed the result, but I didn’t think they were four goals better than us.”
Wasps return to league action next Tuesday when Three Bridges visit East Court in what is always a competitive local derby (7.30pm) and there will be more at stake this time with both sides uncomfortably close to the bottom of the table.
“The lads won’t need any motivating for that one,” said Smith. “The fixtures have been crazy recently with so many away games in a row, it will be nice to have home advantage and hopefully we can get back winning ways.”
Youngster Michael Turville faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his toe in last week’s 4-3 win over Arundel.

Crawley Down Ladies 3, East Grinstead Town Ladies
Second Division Grinstead Ladies were knocked out of the Sussex Women's Challenge Trophy by local rivals Crawley Down from the First Division 3 - 1 at the Haven.
Wasps will be looking to get their revenge on Crawley Down this coming Wednesday evening under floodlights at East Court (ko 7.30pm) in the First Round of the SCFA Divisions 1 & 2 KO Cup.

:: Saturday 13th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps well beaten by Wickers...
MIDFIELDER Dave Gellatly was sent off as Wasps crashed to a heavy defeat at Old Barn Way....... [More]

Reserves make hard work of beating Mid Sussex Premier League team Newick 2 - 1 in the 2nd Round of the Sussex County FA Challenge Cup with goals from Elvis Lynn and Ben Burns, both set up by Marc Tramontin who had two good chances to score himself....... [More]

Wasps' Third Team beat Ardingly II's comprehensively 4 - 0 in the 2nd Round of the Edgar German Cup, one of the goals coming from Bobby Wallis, who recently gave up the management of the team....... [More]

:: Wednesday 10th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Woeful first half display by Wasps Under 18s......

Grinstead had a first half best forgotten against a pacey, skillful and well organised Horsham YMCA Under 18 side - they went in at the break 8 - 0 down and it could have been more. Micky Buckingham's half time talk had an effect as it stopped the onslaught. The sole consolation was that they drew the second half 1 - 1, with Andy Goodwin scoring.
Final score EGTFC U18's 1, Horsham YMCA 9.

Turville ruled out......

YOUNG defender Michael Turville is out of Saturday's league match at Southwick after he broke a toe in Saturday's 4-3 win over Arundel. Paul Davies, who was unavailable for the game at Mill Road, is his likely replacement in the heart of the back four. Boss Bob Smith will have to make one other change with Kris Trevor unavailable due to a family wedding. Matt Thorpe, who came on as a second half sub, could take his place.

:: Tuesday 9th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

The club have confirmed that admission will be pegged at normal County League prices of £4 for adults and £3 for Senior Citizens for the big Senior Cup tie against Crawley Town on Tuesday, November 30, kick off 7.15pm. Programmes will cost £1.

Chairman Bruce Talbot said: "It would have been easy for us to cash in and put prices up, but we don't think that is fair to Crawley fans or our own loyal supporters who stick with the club through thick and thin.
"Supporters will be able to use a voucher we will be printing in the three home programmes prior to the Crawley game to claim a free programme for the Crawley match."

Crawley are expected to bring several hundred supporters for Grinstead's first match against Conference opposition.

Car parking is going to be very limited on the night and the club ask that all supporters travelling to the game by car arrive earlier than usual. There will be an overflow car park at the Rifle Club, but space is also very limited there.

:: Monday 8th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Bold move pays off for Grinstead.....
Arundel 3, East Grinstead Town 4

MANAGER Bob Smith's bold move to play three strikers reaped a handsome dividend as Wasps bounced back from their midweek setback at Ringmer to record only their second away win of the season on Saturday.
Top scorer Kris Trevor netted his seventh and eighth goals of the season and Martin Millins celebrated his full debut with a brace as Grinstead came from behind to win a seven-goal thriller at Mill Road....... [More]

Smith will have to make changes...

KRIS Trevor's hat-trick sunk Southwick in the RUR Cup a month ago, but he will be absent when Wasps go to Old Barn Way on Saturday. Wasps' top scorer will be absent at a family wedding so Grinstead could revert back to 4-4-2.
Kevin Wright, Matt Thorpe - a second half sub on Saturday - and Phil Thompson are all in contention for a return after continuing their comeback from injury in the reserves on Friday. Mark Hillen, James Holland and Mo Shuga'a are also in the frame for a return to the starting line up.
Smith added: "We now have far more options than we did a few weeks ago and as a manager that's what you want. The league is very tight this season and a few more good results could see us climb into the top six and that is definitely our aim. I think we're good enough to be there as well."

:: Friday 5th November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Grinstead Reserves defeat League Leaders
Spectators were treated to a thoroughly entertaining match tonight here at East Court with Grinstead Reserves beating league leaders Horsham YMCA 2 - 1......... [More]

:: Tuesday 2nd November 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Mistakes prove costly for Wasps...

Ringmer 2, East Grinstead Town 1

GRINSTEAD'S four-match unbeaten run ended at the Caburn Field on Tuesday where a narrow defeat against in-form Ringmer left us hovering just above the County League first division relegation zone.
Ringmer, who have now won six on the trot, deserved their narrow win in a game of few chances although Wasps contributed to their own downfall...... [More]

:: Sunday 31st October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Smith upbeat as improvement continues...
IMPROVING Wasps produced their best result of the season so far at Gorings Mead on Saturday as they showed little inclination to loosen their grip on the RUR Cup. The holders became the first Sussex side to beat runaway County League leaders Horsham YMCA this season and now face a trip to Eastbourne Town in the quarter-finals. Wasps have won three of their last four games and manager Bob Smith believes it's no coincidence that results have improved since the return of key personnel following injury...... [More]
Grinstead now face three tough away league games over the next ten days which will test their rediscovered resolve. They are due to face in-form Ringmer on Tuesday and go to Arundel on Saturday before a trip to Southwick on November 13. Their league position has improved after the County League awarded Wasps three points after Sidlesham failed to raise a team for the game at East Court on August 28. But the teams in the bottom half of the table are seperated by just six points and although retaining the RUR Cup would be a fantastic achievement, first division security is Smith's priority. He said: "We're on a roll now similar to the one we had about this time last season. We're playing with a bit of confidence but the next two games will tell us how much more work we have to do." He added: "It would be fantastic to reach another cup final, but climbing the league table is our priority."
Dart (calf) is a slight doubt for this week's games but if he doesn't make it Smith has the option of playing fit again Kevin Wright or Mo Shuga'a, who has completed a one-match suspension, on the left-hand side.

:: Saturday 30th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps get hatrick of wins....
Wasps beat runaway County League Division One leaders Horsham YMCA in the RUR Cup 1 - 0, Kris Trevor scoring in the second half. The reserves beat 10 man Arundel 6 - 0 with Steve Norris getting a hatrick, two of which from penalties, while the Third Team beat Hurstpierpoint 4 - 2.

:: Friday 29th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 18's drew 1 - 1 away to Horsham YMCA in their Southern Youth League encounter last night. Wasps now have two consecutive Wednesday night Home matches coming up at East Court - Lingfield next on 3rd November followed by Horsham YMCA on the 10th.

:: Sunday 24th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Football Club require a part-time Commercial Manager

We are a progressive Sussex County League club looking for someone to work with existing sponsors and attract new sponsorship to the club on a commission basis. The successful candidate will love football, be a self-starter with lots of enthusiasm and ideas.

Interested? Send your CV and explain why you think you would be the best signing we've made this season to: Bruce Talbot, Chairman, East Grinstead Town FC, 16 Peverel Road, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0TH or email bruce.talbot@egtfc.co.uk

Dart may return as cup defence continues
WASPS face a tough test on Saturday when they continue the defence of the RUR Cup at runaway County League leaders Horsham YMCA (ko 3.00pm).
Adam Dart is the likely replacement for Mo Shuga’a at leftback. Shuga’a is banned after his red card at Whitehawk earlier in the month while Dart successfully came through his first game for nearly two months following a knee injury in the reserves on Friday.
Dave Gellalty is pressing for a starting place after making an impression as a second-half substitute against Sidley while fit-again pair Martin Millins and Matt Thorpe are also in contention.
Boss Bob Smith said: “They are going well in the league although when we played them in August there was nothing to choose between the teams and we were up against it at the time because of injuries.
“We’re a lot stronger now and this is a game we’re looking forward too.”

Wasps return to league action Tuesday week (Nov 2) when they visit Ringmer, ko 7.30pm.

Ladies suffer first defeat of the season...
East Grinstead Ladies unbeaten run came to an end this afternoon going down 2 - 1 to a well organised Bognor Regis team. The visitors went ahead after 6 minutes. Wasps equalised four minutes later through Natalie Burke. Bognor retook the lead half way through the second half with a very similar goal to their first just managing to lob the keeper Celia Huggett. Wasps went all out for the equaliser but their endeavours failed to produce any real threatening chances on goal.
There is a two week gap before the Ladies are back in action with two consecutive cup matches against Crawley Down, the first on Sunday 14th November (ko 2pm) in the second round of the Sussex Challenge Trophy away at the Haven . This is closely followed by a home tie under floodlights on Wednesday 17th November in the Sussex County FA Division 1 & 2 KO Cup (ko 7.30pm)

:: Saturday 23rd October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
One point at Sidley, but it should have been three...

Sidley United 2, East Grinstead Town 2
WASPS moved clear of the County League relegation zone after this draw, but boss Bob Smith felt his side should have collected three points at a wet Gullivers after they twice surrendered a hard-earned lead..... [More]

The third team won their first league game of the season in Mid Sussex League Division Two, beating Lindfield 2-1 away thanks to goals from James Upton and Andy Goodwin.
Bob Wallis has resigned as manager of the side and the club would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Bob for his efforts during his time in charge.

:: Friday 22 October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Reserves 2, Oakwood Reserves 3
A number of squandered chances and two defensive errors by Wasps were enough to see them go in at half time trailing 2 - 0 to Oakwood. Steve Norris pulled one back for Wasps with a superbly taken goal having controlled the ball on his chest and then volleying from the edge of the box. This was followed by an equaliser from Matt Thorpe, but Oakwood scored a third with some ten minutes to go after a hopeful shot from outside the box got two deflections and left Lee Whibley with no chance.

:: Tuesday 19th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18's pull back from 3 - 0 down to force extra time against Woking in their Southern Youth League Cup match on Monday night, but eventually lose 5 - 3..... [More]

:: Sunday 17th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gellatly return pleases boss Bob...
DAVE Gellatly is heading back to East Grinstead Town, just three weeks after leaving the club to join County League rivals Redhill.
The midfielder, who played for Sussex against Gloucestershire in the SW Counties Championship last week, is due to complete his transfer in time to join the squad for Saturday’s important Division One game at Sidley United (3pm).
Wasps’ boss Bob Smith is pleased by Gellatly’s change of heart. He said: “David is an East Grinstead boy and I think he likes to be around players and a club he knows.
“He didn’t have the best of starts to the season with us, partly because he was troubled by an ankle injury and then he had to serve a suspension.
“But he’s fit and we’re delighted to have him back. He would be an asset to any side in our league and I just hope he knuckles down and enjoys his football because we all know what a quality player he can be.”

Wasps had no game at the weekend and other results pushed them back into the first division relegation zone which makes Saturday’s trip to Sidley – the side immediately above them in the table – even more important.
But as well as Gellatly’s return, Smith should have plenty of other selection options as Grinstead’s injury problems finally start to ease.
Matt Thorpe, Phil Thompson, Martin Millins, Kevin Wright and Paul Davies all played for the reserves in Saturday’s 6-1 League Cup win over St Francis while Adam Dart, out since the end of August because of back trouble, returned to training this week.
Dart may get a run-out when the reserves host Oakwood on Friday at East Court (7.30pm) whilst the participation of the other players on the comeback trail depends on what changes Smith makes for the trip to Sidley.
Wasps have won their last two games and players like Ben Brockbank and James Holland had arguably their best game in the Grinstead shirt in the 3-2 win over previously unbeaten Eastbourne Town on October 9.
Smith added: “Having a lot of quality players available again is a nice problem to have. All the lads who played for the reserves are in contention for Saturday, but it will be very difficult to make a lot of changes because no one played badly in our last game.
“It’s a very important game for us. I think we are capable of going on the sort of run we had last season when he got into the top six. I don’t think, with our strongest team out, that there is anyone in this league we have to fear.”

Holland is interesting third division Haywards Heath, who have made a seven-days approach, while Andrew Twinn, who has made four first team starts but none this season, is joining Crawley Down.

Ladies hit another 5 and maintain unbeaten run....
EGTFC Ladies made it 4 wins out of 5 this season, beating Wandgas 5 - 1. Even without top scorer Tanya Warner, Wasps were playing full of confidence and Amanda Cue's early opener, her second goal in consecutive matches, settled any nerves there were. Amy Graves scored her first goal of the campaign putting Wasps ahead 2 - 0 and after Wandgas pulled one back, Natalie Burke cooly put away a penalty kick to make it 3 - 1 at half time. Del Cook finished off a fine performance up front netting her first two goals of the season, equalling her total tally for the season last year. Wasps remain firmly on top of Division Two. They face Bognor Regis Town at home next Sunday (ko 2pm) and have drawn Crawley Down from Division 1 at home on Sunday 7th November in the SCFA Divisions 1&2 KO Cup.

:: Saturday 16th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves goal flurry....
The reserves sailed through to the 3rd round of the Reserve Section Challenge Cup after beating St Francis Rangers 6 - 1. Rob Anderson netted a hatrick...... [More]

Thirds clinch draw in last minute......
Craig Martin snatched a well deserved last minute equaliser for Wasps Third XI but his joy was short lived as the card happy referee gave Martin his second yellow card for taking his shirt off as he celebrated his goal. Wasps were caught napping by top of the table Old Varndeanians who scored mid way through the second half with the only real chance they created in the match. Marc Tramontin, who started in central midfield for Wasps, had two good chances which he couldn't tuck away, one in each half. He put a volley over the bar in the first half and stumbled under a challenge putting the ball wide of the post as he was bearing down on the keeper.

:: Tuesday 12th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Change of fixture...
THE first team will now be away to Horsham YMCA on Saturday, October 30 in the third round of the RUR Cup, kick off 3.00pm. This replaces the scheduled league fixture at Ringmer.

:: Monday 11th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gellatly on his way back?....
THE club today made an official seven-days approach to Redhill to re-sign Dave Gellatly who only joined the Kilnbrow club three weeks ago. All being well, Dave - who watched the first half of Saturday's 3-2 home win over Eastbourne Town - will be back in the team to face Sidley in our next County League game on October 23.
James Holland is the subject of an approach from Haywards Heath while Crawley Down have made an approach for Andy Twinn.
Meanwhile, Wasps will be at home to Hailsham in the second round of the John O'Hara League Cup following their 3-2 win over Broadbridge Heath on Saturday. A date for this game has yet to be arranged.

The Under 18's rearranged Southern Youth League Challenge Cup First Round match against Woking has been scheduled to take place on Monday 18 October at Cobham (ko 7.30pm).

:: Saturday 9th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Smith delight at back-to-back wins...
WASPS moved out of the relegation zone after ending Eastbourne’s unbeaten league record with a thoroughly deserved win at East Court on Saturday.
Kris Trevor made it five goals in two games with a brace and Chris Arrow scored his second of the season as Grinstead established as 3-0 lead.
Shaun Loft netted twice in the last six minutes for the visitors, but the scoreline flattered Eastbourne who could have no complaints about the outcome.
Grinstead matched their opponents for endeavour, defended tigerishly and always had a threat up front in Trevor whose partnership with Arrow is starting to flourish.
Manager Bob Smith said: “It was a great performance with everyone playing their part. In the first half I felt we competed really well and scoring first gave us a lot of confidence.
“The game got stretched in the second half but that suited us. Kris is a great outlet for us because of his pace but you couldn’t pick out individuals on Saturday, they all played well. We kept the ball as I would expect us too and the work-rate never dropped.”
.... [More]

News from the physio's couch...
Steve Moore (calf) will be out for at least a month, but Matt Thorpe returned after a month out with ankle trouble in the reserves on Saturday. Kevin Wright should play a reserve team game on Saturday after missing four games with a groin problem and Adam Dart, out since August with a knee problem, was hoping to resume light training this week.
And by the time Wasps play their next game on October 23, Davies should also be available for selection. Striker Aaron Zimmatore (knee) is also close to a return after four games out with knee trouble while Phil Thompson, plagued by ankle trouble since the end of last season, is also due to play for the reserves on Saturday.
Smith added: “We’ve got Kris Trevor and Drew Cooney in the side again and others are on their way back, but the guys in the side at the moment have worked hard and will take some dislodging.”
With scheduled opponents East Preston in FA Cup action, Wasps have no game on Saturday.

Mixed fortunes in cup ties...
The reserves negotiated a tricky Sussex Intermediate Cup first round tie at West Sussex League Pulborough, winning 5-3 in a game they were never behind in. Goals came from Martin Millins (2), Steve Major (2) and Richard Houghton. They are away to St Francis in the second round of the Reserve Section Cup on Saturday (3pm)..... [More]
Grinstead’s third team lost 3-2 at Uckfield Reserves in the first round of the Mowatt Cup despite two goals from Joel Baker.

:: Tuesday 5th October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SYL Cup match rained off.....
Last night's U18s Southern Youth League Cup Preliminary Qualifying Round match away to Woking was called off. A new fixture date has not yet been set.

:: Sunday 3rd October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tanya nets another 4 as Wasps beat Crawley Town Ladies 5 - 2.....
A first-ever goal from Amanda Cue within the first two minutes put Grinstead on their way to their third win in four games and keeps the Ladies firmly in top spot. Tanya Warner netted the other 4 goals bringing her tally this season to a very impressive 17 goals in 4 matches.

:: Saturday 2nd October 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A win at last as Trevor fires a treble....
BOSS Bob Smith praised striker Kris Trevor after his hat-trick helped Grinstead begin their defence of the RUR Cup with a 3-1 win over Southwick at East Court today.... [More]
Smith, savouring Grinstead's first win since August 24, said: “I’d hoped that playing in the RUR Cup again might fire the team up and it did.
“Kris took his goals really well. He’s got that bit of quality because he can go past defenders and when he gets a sight of goal he always makes the goalkeeper work.”

While Trevor’s goals made the difference, Smith was also pleased with his new-look central defensive partnership of Drew Cooney and Paul Davies who made an accomplished full debut.
“They did really well together, we looked a lot more solid,” added Smith. "We can play a lot better, I know that. It was more of a battling performance than anything else but any sort of win in our position will lift confidence.”

Wasps still have a lengthy injury list with Ben Burns, Adam Dart, Kevin Wright, Aaron Zimmatore and now Steve Moore all out as well as long-term casualty Dave Garrett. Matt Thorpe hopes to return to training this week after three weeks out with ankle trouble.
Moore pulled out during the warm-up on Saturday with a pulled calf muscle and could be out for several weeks.

Wasps return to league action on Saturday against Eastbourne Town at East Court, kick off is earlier than usual at 1pm because of the England-Wales World Cup qualifier

No game for firsts on October 16...
EAST Preston's excellent FA Cup win over Uxbridge today means they will not be visiting East Court on Saturday, October 16 for a league game. The County League confirmed tonight that Wasps will have no first team fixture that day.

GRINSTEAD Reserves lost 2-0 at Hailsham in the Premier Division while the third team drew 3-3 with Rotherfield in Mid Sussex League Division Three.
The reserves start their Sussex Intermediate Cup campaign away to Pulborough on Saturday, ko 3.00pm.

:: Monday 27th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The Third XI go through to the third round of the Sussex County FA Junior Cup without kicking a ball, following Sompting's late withdrawal from the competition. At the moment this means that the Thirds do not have a match this coming Saturday. Any changes will be reported here.

:: Sunday 26th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tanya Warner hits another two goals for the WASPS, but the Ladies Team were pegged back to a 2 - 2 draw by Hailsham Town.

Boss: We haven't seen the last of Dave G
BOSS Bob Smith believes East Grinstead Town supporters haven’t seen the last of skipper Dave Gellatly after his move to County League rivals Redhill this week.
Gellatly, who only finished a five-week suspension last week, joined the Kilnbrow club ahead of Three Bridges, who also put in an official approach for the midfielder who has made 163 appearances for Grinstead.
It’s a blow for Smith whose side have still to win at home this season after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Worthing United at East Court left them in the bottom three in Division One, although their position will improve when the County League ratify their recent decision to award Wasps three points after Sidlesham failed to fulfil their August 28 fixture.
Smith said: “I am sad that David has joined Redhill, I believe he should be looking to play at a higher level of football. Regardless of that, myself and everyone at the club wish him well, the door is always open for his return and I do not believe we have seen the last of him in a Wasps’ shirt.”

Gellatly watches wait for home win go on...
East Grinstead Town 1, Worthing United 2

DAVE Gellatly was at East Court on Saturday watching his former club surrender a 1-0 lead against Worthing.
“I felt we deserved something out of the game,” said Smith. “For an hour we were the better team, but confidence isn’t too high at the moment and once they got their equaliser it was hard for us to get going again.”...... [More]

Davies may figure as Cup defence starts...
GRINSTEAD begin the defence of the RUR Cup on Saturday at home to another of the first division’s early strugglers Southwick (ko 3.00pm).
Smith is planning a first start for central defender Paul Davies who made an impressive debut for the reserves in last Friday’s Premier Division game at Eastbourne Town where they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to goals from Rob Anderson and Seb Mann.
Davies played a good standard at Loughborough University and joined the club earlier this month.

There is better news of Wasps’ walking wounded. Matt Thorpe hoped to return to training this week while Phil Thompson, Ben Burns and Martin Millins could all play for the reserves on Saturday when they visit Hailsham on Saturday (3pm).
Adam Dart, who dislocated his knee at Eastbourne United a month ago, has been told he won’t need an operation and should be back in action within six weeks.

:: Saturday 25th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Worthing Utd 2
Despite going one up early in the second half through a Chris Arrow goal, WASPS lose after giving away two sloppy goals. Match report to follow.

WASPS Third XI go through to the next round of the Edgar German Cup after romping to an 8 - 2 win over Wealden III, Andrew Twinn netting 4 goals.

:: Friday 24th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Eastbourne Town Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2
A good solid performance saw the WASPS come back from 2 - 0 down to earn a well deserved draw against a very strong Eastbourne Town Team.
An unstoppable volley from Seb Mann and a powerful header from Rob Anderson, both goals in the second half, rounded off a good all round team performance leaving reserve team manager Phil Major and Bob Smith, who played for 70 minutes, very pleased.
Phil said:"It's very difficult to single players out for the performance tonight, as it was a tremendous all round team display against quality opposition played at a very fast tempo. It was pleasing to see how well our new signing, Paul Davies, slotted in and performed in his first outing for the reserves."...... [More]
After tonight's display, Bobby Smith included Marc Tramontin, Rob Anderson, Paul Davies and Steve Norris in tomorrow's First Team squad who face Worthing United at home.

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It was a great honour for East Grinstead Town to have hosted the first ADAM DABELL Memorial Match tonight. After a short match between Adam's friends and a Sackville squad, Sackville became the first winners of the trophy beating Imberhorne 2 - 1.
The event was organised by Adam's family with the help of Steve Hill, youth sports development officer for East Grinstead and Ally Currie, head of PE at Sackville. The turnout for Adam was superb and a fitting tribute. Adam's father John Dabell said: "I am truly thankful to everyone that came along and to all the fine people that have contributed to the memorial fund. Adam would have been very proud. I look forward to staging this memorial match every year and would like to thank East Grinstead Town Football Club for their hospitality."...... [More]

:: Wednesday, 22nd September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18's 3, Three Bridges U18's 3
WASPS have to share points as Bridges' hit late equaliser.

East Grinstead Town 0, Hassocks 0
Wasps gained their first home point of the season with a hard fought draw against Hassocks...... [More]

Grinstead have now gone five games without a goal but this was a vastly improved performance over the previous 3 games and with a bit more luck could have come away with all three points.

Grinstead welcomed back Kris Trevor from a knee injury and Drew Cooney who had re-signed from Crawley but had been struggling with an ankle injury. Although Kris clearly wasn't match fit he added much needed quality to the Grinstead forward line, and Cooney played like he had never been away with an assured performance at the heart of the Grinstead defence.

Having played for the WASPS in just the first two matches of the season and then been unavailable through suspension, DAVE GELLATLY ends speculation about his future plans and completes his transfer to Redhill.

Bob Smith had this to say: "I am sad to see that David has joined Redhill. I believe David should have looked to play at a higher level of football, but regardless, myself and everyone connected with the club wish him well; the door will always be open for him to return."

Smith added: "It should be noted that David showed great commitment to the club whenever he played. No more so than in last year's RUR cup final when he gave a match winning performance.
We will miss him, but life goes on and we must focus on looking after the players that we have, because there is some real quality within the squad. I will be watching Redhill's results with interest and will keep in touch with David, just in case he wants to come back where I believe he is happiest.
"I do not believe we have seen the last of Dave Gellatly in a WASPS shirt."

:: Sunday, 19th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18's go out of FA Youth Cup losing 3 - 1 away to Peacehaven after having scored first.

EGTFC Ladies maintain their 100% record and stay top of the Sussex County Women's League Division 2 after beating Maresfield Village 7 - 1. Tanya Warner had another impressive game netting 6 of the Wasps' seven goals, the other coming from Sam Coppard. That's 11 goals for Tanya in just two games. Maresfield's consolation goal came after Grinstead went down to 9 players following injuries.

:: Saturday, 18th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Trevor and Cooney poised for first team recall
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is hoping the return of two key players can help kick-start his side’s faltering season.
Defender Drew Cooney, who began the season with Crawley, has re-signed and striker Kris Trevor began his comeback from injury for the reserves today, scoring twice in a 6-1 win over Whitehawk with Cooney also in action after recovering from an ankle injury.

Smith desperately needs those two and more proven County League performers after Wasps slumped to their heaviest defeat since returning to Division One last season.

Whitehawk 5, East Grinstead Town 0...... [More]
To complete a miserable day at East Brighton Park, midfielder Mo Shuga’a was sent off in the second half for two bookable offences.

Trevor and Cooney are expected to be involved in Tuesday's league game against Hassocks. Wasps are at home again the following Saturday to Worthing United, kick off 3.00pm.

Smith said: “Having Drew and Kris back will make a big difference. Phil Thompson and Martin Millins should play for the reserves on Saturday so that will be another two quality players back in the first team squad.
“I keep saying that we should be judged as a side when we have everyone fit and available. We’ve had a nightmare time with injuries but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Matt Thorpe, Adam Dart, Dale Lindsey and Dave Garrett remain on the injured list however.

GRINSTEAD Reserves returned to winning ways in the Premier Division, coming from a goal down to thump Whitehawk 6-1 thanks to goals from Kris Trevor (2), James Upton (2), Elvis Lynn and Steve Norris.

The third team lost 1-0 at home to Peacehaven United in Mid Sussex League Division Two. However, Grinstead's new signing Paul Davies, a central defender who played a good standard of football while studying at Loughborough University, gave an impressive performance on his debut. He is expected to play for the reserves at Eastbourne Town on Friday (kick off 7.45pm).

:: Friday, 17th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Trevor and Cooney play in reserves.......
KRIS Trevor and Drew Cooney, who re-joined Grinstead on Tuesday, will both play for the reserves at home to Whitehawk tomorrow (3pm). Kris has recovered from a knee injury sustained in a friendly on August 8 while Drew hurt his ankle during pre-season training with Crawley Town. Striker Martin Millins is due to make his comeback after an ankle injury next week. Paul Davies, a central defender who has played to a good standard at Loughborough University, signed after training on Thursday and will play for the third team tomorrow. The first team are also in action against Whitehawk at East Brighton Park (3pm) and the only likely change to the team beaten by Petersfield could be a start up front for Chris Arrow who made a good impression when he came on as a substitute during the second half on Tuesday.

Grinstead get three point bonus......
THE County League have, as expected, awarded Wasps three points after Sidlesham failed to fulfill the Division One fixture at East Court on August 28. The club have also been awarded their costs.

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WASPS Under 18's drew 1 - 1 at Lingfield last night. This puts them mid table with 5 points after 4 matches in the Southern Youth League. Their next match is in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup away to Peacehaven this coming Sunday (19th September), kick off 11.00am.

:: Wednesday, 15th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town 0, Petersfield Town 2
WASPS are out of the FA Vase after a tame surrender to Wessex League Petersfield in Tuesday's first qualifying round replay...... [More]

OUR FA Vase exit means we now entertain Worthing United in the league on Saturday week (September 25), kick off 3.00pm.

Cooney signs on and injury situation improves
THERE was some good news on Tuesday when defender Drew Cooney, who started the season training at Crawley, signed on again. Drew could even return for Saturday's game at Whitehawk, providing his ankle is 100 per cent after a recent injury. Bob Smith expects strikers Kris Trevor and Martin Millins to train tomorrow (Thursday) and they could feature in Saturday's reserve team game against Whitehawk at East Court.

:: Sunday, 12th September 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
ANOTHER injury setback took the gloss off a hardworking performance by East Grinstead Town in the FA Vase on Saturday.

Wasps fully deserved to take Petersfield to a replay and might have won at the first time of asking after dominating a game spoiled by a strong wind. Lee Hanson struck the post and Rob Anderson missed a great chance after good work by strike partner Marc Tramontin.

"It wasn't a good game," admitted Smith. "The conditions were awful: a sloping pitch and strong wind but we battled it out and it was a fair result overall."...... [More]

Following the FA Vase replay against Petersfield Town at East Court this coming Tuesday night (ko 7.30pm), Wasps go to Whitehawk on Saturday in the league (3.00pm) and are at home to Hassocks the following Tuesday (7.30pm).

GRINSTEAD lost 2-1 to Sidley in the Reserve Section premier division on Friday - their third successive defeat - when the visitors converted an 80th-minute penalty. Chris Arrow got Grinstead's goal with a tremendous free-kick from 30 yards.

The thirds went down 4-2 at home to Pease Pottage II in their Mid Sussex League division two match. Goals came from Andy Goodwin and Craig Martin.

Grinstead's under-18s won 6-2 at South Park last Monday to secure their first win of the campaign in the Southern League (south division). Andy Goodwin (3), Steve Major, Chris Agutter and Luke Carly got the goals.

The Ladies Team started their campaign in the new Sussex Ladies League today under new manager Jim Muir with an away win, beating Hastings Utd Reserves 5 - 4. Tanya Warner netted all 5 goals.

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WASPS’ interest in the FA Cup is over for another year and they could have few complaints about the outcome against the Wessex League high-fliers on Saturday.
Only a string of fine saves, particularly in the last ten minutes, by goalkeeper Dave Tidy prevented the visitors from losing by a heavier margin against a well-drilled Newbury team managed by former Portsmouth and Aston Villa striker Guy Whitingham....... [More]

WASPS are back on the road on Saturday when they visit Petersfield Town, who play in the second division of the Wessex League, in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase (3pm).
Adam Dart sees a specialist about the knee he injured against Eastbourne United last Monday later this week, but he is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Burns could be available if his injury responds to treatment, but Smith admits that his other injured players are still some way off from being available.

The reserves entertain Sidley United at East Court on Friday, kick off 7.30pm.
They were beaten 5-2 by Hassocks in the Reserve Section Premier last Friday despite goals from Andrew Twinn and James Upton. The side contained four youth team players.
Last Tuesday the reserves were beaten 4-1 at Burgess Hill despite going in front through Michael Turville’s goal.

Grinstead’s third team opened their Mid Sussex League (Division Two) campaign with a 1-1 draw against Maresfield Village II on Saturday. Shaun Atkinson-Beeney was the scorer.

The under-18s drew 0-0 with Horsham last Wednesday in the Southern Youth League (south division) at East Court.

:: Monday, 30th August 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
ADAM Dart is the latest addition to East Grinstead Town's injury list. The 19-year-old defender suffered suspected knee ligament damage during Monday's 3-1 league defeat by Eastbourne United Association.
Dart had to be stretchered off midway through the second half but boss Bob Smith won't know the full extent of the injury until the swelling has gone down.
"I've never known a period like it when suspensions and injuries have hit us so hard," said Smith.
"We don't know how long Adam will be missing, but at least Kevin Wright is playing again which gives us some options on the left."
Strikers Kris Trevor and Martin Millins and midfielder Phil Thompson are still not fit while Dave Gellatly and Aaron Zimmatore remain suspended.
"There isn't competition for places at the moment, but in the next fortnight things should start to improve," added Smith.
It's a case of two steps forward and three back at the moment for Wasps. They got their first league win of the season at Three Bridges on Tuesday only to suffer a disappointing reverse on Monday against Eastbourne United Association.
Smith said: "We had a lot of the game at Eastbourne and created chances, but we gave away some poor goals."
Defender Keith Bradshaw made his first start in a Grinstead shirt for three years after recovering from a long-standing knee problem and he will be an asset once he gets full fitness.

Wasps will probably get another three points without kicking a ball after last Saturday's home game with Sidlesham was postponed because the visitors couldn¹t raise a side.
Grinstead weren't told until 1.10pm, less than two hours before kick-off, and Sidlesham will also have to meet Grinstead's matchday expenses.
Chairman Bruce Talbot said: "We were very disappointed and very surprised that a senior club couldn't fulfill a fixture. The league will decide at their meeting on September 13 and we should get the three points, but we still miss out on gate money and bar receipts.
"I can only apologise to any supporters who turned up, but I'm sure they understand the situation was out of our control."

:: Monday, 19th July 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town will face Nationwide Conference opposition for the first time in their history after landing a plum home tie against Crawley Town in the Sussex Senior Cup.
The Reds, who won promotion to the Conference for the first time after clinching the Southern League title last season, will visit East Court on Tuesday 30th November in a second round tie. It will be their first visit to Grinstead since October 1991 when they beat Wasps 4-1 in the old Sussex Floodlight Cup.
The local derby could attract a four-figure crowd and Grinstead manager Bob Smith is thrilled at the prospect of facing the best side in the county.
He said: "It's a fantastic draw - a great opportunity for the players to face quality opposition and a real money-spinner for the club.
We will approach it with a view to enjoying the experience and giving a good account of ourselves."

Meanwhile, Wasps will begin the defence of the Sussex RUR Cup with a second round tie at home to Southwick. If they get through they face more County League division one opposition in either Horsham YMCA or East Preston, away from home.
The draws for the FA competitions have been less kind. Grinstead travel to Newbury, who knocked them out of the FA Vase last season, in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on September 4. A fortnight later they visit Petersfield in the first qualifying round of the Vase. Grinstead's under-18s have entered the FA Youth Cup for the first time and face Peacehaven away in the first qualifying round on a date to be decided.
Grinstead have been back in pre-season training for three weeks and step-up their preparations on Saturday when they meet newly promoted County League division two side St Francis in a friendly at Ardingly College (1pm). The reserves will be in action two hours later at the same venue.
Then next Tuesday Wasps play Pease Pottage, also of Division Two, at Furnace Green in Crawley, kick off 6.30pm.
New signing Mo Shuga is in line to make his Grinstead debut on Saturday after the left-sided player completed his transfer from Oakwood last week.
Aaron Zimmatore, who was top scorer with East Grinstead United last season, has also stepped up to try his luck in senior football, but there are still some holes in the squad which Smith wants to fill before County League action kicks-off on August 14.
Drew Cooney has signed on to play reserve team football for Crawley, but there is still the possibility that he could dual-register to play in the County League for Wasps. Nick Levitt is trying his luck with Isthmian League Horsham while striker Steve Banks has retired after making 250 appearances for the club.
But with Chris Arrow available on a regular basis this season and Ben Burns looking sharp in training, Smith has options as partner for Kris Trevor up front.
Smith said: "There are still some players I'm hoping to see at pre-season. We're delighted to have Mo on board. He can play in defence or midfield, is very quick and has a terrific shot on him. He has always impressed me when we've played Oakwood and he is a quality addition to the squad.
"As for Aaron, it's a big step-up from the Mid Sussex League but it has been done before and I'm sure he is capable of doing well at this level."

:: Tuesday, 29th June 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
MANAGER Bob Smith has unveiled a new-look backroom team as East Grinstead Town begin preparations for the new County League season.
Assistant Dave Gellatly senior has stepped down after four seasons in the job.
Dennis Moore steps up from coach to replace Gellatly while Mick Buckingham has joined the coaching staff and will also manage the club¹s under-18 team in the Southern Youth League.
Buckingham has a wealth of coaching experience, most recently with Crawley Down, and Smith is delighted to have got him on board.
He said: "Mick is the best qualified coach we have ever had at the club and he¹s a great addition to our backroom staff.
"He will benefit us in all sorts of ways and I¹m delighted he is on board."

Wasps report back for pre-season training at East Court next Tuesday (July 6) at 7pm.
Smith expects virtually all of the squad will be back to try and improve on last season¹s superb performances when Grinstead finished tenth in their first season back in County League Division One and lifted their first trophy since 1952.
Crawley Town, newly promoted to the Conference, have asked player of the year Drew Cooney to attend pre-season training with them, but Smith is also expecting Cooney at East Court.
Defender Dave Garrett faces a second knee operation next month so his return to action will be delayed while midfielder Dave Gellatly is suspended until October after picking up two red cards in the last six weeks of the season. But Smith has promised new faces to strengthen the squad will be signed and would welcome players of senior standard who may be new to the area to come along to training.

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